February is American Heart Month. Traditionally, it is the month for lovers and all things heart related, but February also reminds us to take care of our heart! There are many factors that cause heart disease.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, more than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese. Increased body weight causes high blood pressure, which is a risk factor for heart attack, stroke and sudden cardiac death. Increased body weight is also linked to high cholesterol, specifically high triglycerides and low HDL (“good” cholesterol), which plays a key role in heart disease.
Heat disease is responsible for nearly one in every three fatalities in the United States and is the leading cause of death among both men and women.While these statistics are grim, did you know that physical therapy can help to improve heart health?
Physical therapy can be extremely beneficial for those who have heart disease and those who are just trying to become more “heart healthy.” Physical therapy helps patients recover and improve physical, mental and social function while also helping to reduce the risk of a cardiac event.
Our outpatient clinics can help patients improve their heart health by:
- Creating personalized exercise plans: We help patients get moving safely by working with them to strengthen muscles, improve flexibility and increase cardiovascular capacity.
- Maintaining long term health: We help patients set realistic goals for their health and give them the tools needed to reach those goals and stay consistent with their exercise plans. We also help patients learn how they can be healthier with tips on how to incorporate movement in their everyday life.
- Regaining independence after a stroke or cardiac event: We help survivors improve function and re-learn motor skills. We assist with increasing the patient's ability to get dressed, bath themselves, walk again, etc.
If you think your heart needs to get in better shape, contact us today to schedule a FREE evaluation.