The cardiovascular system is complex and fascinating. It is integral to the nourishment of every cell in the body as a vehicle for the transport of oxygen and nutrients. It also filters out CO2 and helps regulate body temperature. Because an unhealthy cardiovascular system is the origin of numerous diseases, it is imperative that we learn how to take optimal care of this aspect of our overall health and wellness. At Suffolk Vascular and Vein Center, we provide diagnostic and corrective treatments to repair problems in the cardiovascular system. Here, we will discuss some of the best habits to maintain to support it.
It’s no surprise that sleep is listed as a major habit for good health. Still, most of us get caught in the rut and grind of life with full-time work, school, family, and other obligations. When life is as busy as it is, we don’t often prioritize sleep. We should. The body is a machine just like any other. It’s technology is some of the most impressive to be found on earth, and it must be recharged sufficiently in order to complete its critical functions on a daily basis. A lack of sleep is a risk factor for cardiovascular problems. Fortunately, it is an easily managed factor when we understand its importance. Your body is unique so you’ll have to explore what works best for you, based solely on how you feel. Generally, we need 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night.
Our level of physical activity directly correlates to our degree of vascular health. Exercise is a critical aspect of how well the heart pumps blood through the arteries, and also how well the system returns blood to the heart through its matrix of veins. As such, regular physical activity can significantly improve the circulation of oxygenated blood to the limbs, reducing risks of conditions like peripheral artery disease.
Unmanaged stress has a cumulative effect on overall health. While we cannot eliminate all stressors from our lives, we can develop the skills to manage our personal stress levels. One way is to take mental health days when necessary and also when possible. Free time can include stress-relieving activities like yoga, meditation (guided meditations can be found online or using smartphone apps), coloring, or walking outdoors. Activities that release physical and emotional energy are often excellent for stress relief and are therefore good for the cardiovascular system.
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