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Have a Hearty Workout for Your Heart
Your heart, about the size of a clenched fist, is a highly efficient pump. According to the American Heart Association, your heart pumps nearly 2,000 gallons of blood every day, or 5-1/2 quarts a minute and beats 100,000 times a day.
Unlike other muscles, your heart muscle does not tire from use. Your heart is like other muscles, however, in that it needs exercise to work efficiently. What kind of exercise would that be? All it takes is a brisk 30-minute walk five days each week. If you don't have time for 30 minutes of physical activity all at once, you can break it down into two or three 10–15 minute periods each day and get the same benefits.
In fact, any activity that is repetitive and involves some vigorous movement of large muscles--such as brisk walking, jogging, swimming, or bicycling—is good for your heart.
The makings of a hearty workout
When you exercise, you are training your heart to perform better under pressure. Exercise forces your heart to supply your muscles with more oxygen and energy than is needed during rest, as well as flush out wastes that pile up in the muscles faster than when you are at rest. The result? A fit heart that can fill with blood and squeeze it out more efficiently.
Here's what a heart-smart exercise routine should include:
At least five minutes of warm-up. Starting your exercise session gradually helps avoid injury to your muscles and joints and minimizes aches and pains later. Breathe deeply as you warm up.
Moderate exercise. Exercise moderately for at least 30 minutes five days each week. Don't exercise to the point of total breathlessness. You should be able to carry on a conversation while exercising.
A cool down. Allow your body to cool down and gradually return to rest. Do some gentle stretches to keep your body limber and flexible.
When starting an exercise program, particularly if you've been sedentary, begin easily and slowly increase the intensity and duration of the activity. Choose activities that you will want to do daily. Remember, before starting a new exercise program, check with your doctor first. This is especially important if you have a chronic health problem or take medications daily.
You also reap some long-term health benefits from lower-intensity activities, such as housework, gardening, and walking for pleasure.
Welcome to Broward Health Medical Center's Heart Center of Excellence
Just a few steps away from the parking garage, this magnificent 115,000-square foot facility is designed for convenience. The Heart Center of Excellence includes a separate entrance; providing medical personnel, patients and their families easy access to a wide range of services from prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
The facility consists of:
- Three cardiovascular surgical suites
- Three cardiac catheterization laboratories with state-of-the-art digital equipment for percutaneous coronary intervention
- A comprehensive electrophysiology lab for diagnosing and treating heart arrhythmias, including radiofrequency catheter ablation techniques
- Sixteen-bed cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU)
- Eight-bed coronary care unit (CCU)
- Thirty private bed progressive cardiac care unit (PCCU)
- An integrated preventative medicine, cardiac rehab and wellness center, located in the Medical Office Building
- Waiting rooms providing comfortable accommodations for patients and their families
Heart Valve Center
More than five million Americans have heart valve disease, and many do not have any symptoms. The Broward Health Heart Valve Center streamlines the diagnostic and treatment process for patients and referring physicians. The Center is led by national experts in diagnostic cardiac imaging, interventional cardiology, and cardiac surgery. Learn more >