Exercise for a Healthy Heart

February is American Heart Month. This month is intended to raise awareness about heart health and ways to reduce symptoms related to heart health or prevent heart diseases. Our goal here at Bryant Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy is to motivate our community to adapt healthy lifestyles to prevent heart disease. Make sure to visit our Instagram and Facebook for educational videos on ways to have a healthy heart. If you have any questions, please give us a call today or visit one of our locations. We are conveniently located in Merced and Atwater, CA.  

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What are Heart Diseases?


“Heart disease” is a term used for several heart conditions. The most common heart disease in the United States is Coronary Artery Disease (CAD). This disease can cause a decrease of blood flow to the heart and could possibly cause a heart attack. 


Symptoms of Heart Diseases?


At times heart diseases can be silent and one may not realize they have a heart condition until they experience symptoms related to heart attacks. These symptoms include:

  • Chest pain or discomfort 
  • Upper back or neck pain
  • Indigestion
  • Heartburn
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Extreme Fatigue
  • Dizziness and shortness of breath


Risk Factors for Heart Disease?


High blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease. About 47% of Americans have at least one of these three risk factors. Many other medical conditions and lifestyle choices can put people at a higher risk for heart disease, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Physical inactivity
  • Excessive alcohol use

Physical Activity Recommendations for Adults

These recommendations are based on the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition, published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.


  • 150 minutes of moderate-vigorous aerobic activity per week or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week. Ex: Walking, Swimming, Running, or Cycling.
  • Add weights or resistance in a moderate- to high-intensity muscle-strengthening activity at least 2 days per week. 
  • Spend less time sitting.
  • Increase the amount and intensity of your physical activity gradually over time. 


Keep in mind that other lifestyle changes like eating healthier, quitting smoking, or managing current conditions can also reduce or prevent symptoms related to heart disease. You are in charge of your heart and its health. Remember to move more, live strong. If you or someone you know would like to learn more about ways to increase your physical activity please give us a call today to speak to one of our Physical Therapists or Exercise Specialist. For more details contact to Bryant Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy today!



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Created by: Margarita Perez, Director of Public Health Program Developer

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