Living with heart failure is living with fear. And not just the fear that it could all go wrong in a hurry.
Many heart failure patients are downright terrified that they could accidentally CAUSE the condition to get worse by being a little too active.
Some folks practically lock themselves inside.
But if you have heart failure, it’s time to end the fear. Time to get back out there and get active again.
Because it’s not ONLY safe. It could, quite literally, SAVE YOUR LIFE.
The latest science shows staying active isn’t JUST very unlikely to ever trigger the “big one,” a lot of folks fear. But it also could hold the key to preventing heart failure from getting worse.
And don’t worry. You won’t have to strain yourself, risk injury, or force yourself to do anything super uncomfortable.
Because the secret to supporting your heart when you’re living with heart failure is a whole lot easier than you might imagine.
The right activity for heart failure
Now, obviously, you should speak to your doctor before you start any new level of activity just to clear it with him.
He’ll also have some helpful advice on how to start moving more, but safely. And what to watch out for while you exercise. So you can relax and STOP worrying.
But once you get the OK, move – just a little – because studies show light activity in heart failure could help improve the condition and quality of life. In fact, it could even cut the risk of a more serious heart problem.
The new study was done on pigs, which happen to have hearts almost identical in structure and function to humans. And the research revealed WHY being MORE active works.
It turns out it’s actually pretty simple. A little exercise can improve blood vessels… keeping them from stiffening up.
And that’s critical because stiff blood vessels and slow blood flow to the heart can make your condition far worse. Eventually, it could even trigger a heart attack.
Making a move to help your heart
Here’s the vital thing the researchers say. The study finds ANY amount of exercise of ANY intensity and ANY duration can do the trick.
In other words, it doesn’t matter what you do or how hard you work at it.
Only that you do something… even if it’s just a daily stroll, a pleasant swim (my favorite), or any other light activity you like.
But don’t stop there.
I’ve got two more easy tips ANYONE with heart failure can try that have been proven to have the power to improve the condition and even extend lives.
First, make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D. One study found that raising D intake can increase the amount of blood sent out of the heart with each pump from 26 percent to 34 percent.
And second, boost your intake of omega-3 fatty acids, which can cut the risk of death from heart failure by 8 percent.