Why is your heart important?
WHAT IS HEART DISEASE?
Heart disease can be described as any issue with your heart, but the most common type of heart disease is when the blood vessels that carry blood to your heart become too hard and narrow for easy passage. If this happens, your heart may not get the blood that it needs. Other heart disease problems include heart attacks, angina (chest pain), abnormal heartbeat, heart failure, and sudden cardiac death. These can be relatively common, as studies have shown that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., so it’s important to make sure your heart is in healthy condition. Being proactive can not only help you get back in shape, but may also save your life.
HOW IS HEART DISEASE LINKED TO OVERWEIGHT?
Studies show that those who are overweight or obese have a higher risk of heart disease. This is because being overweight can cause your heart to work harder to pump blood to all the cells in your body. The more cells you have, including fat cells, the harder your heart works. Those who are overweight or obese also often develop health problems like high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and high cholesterol.
HOW CAN WEIGHT LOSS HELP?
According to medical professionals, losing 5% to 10% of your body weight can lower your chances of developing heart disease considerably. At the Oklahoma Men’s Clinic, we want to help make your personal weight goals achievable with our weight loss treatments. These treatments will not only help you fight heart disease, but also help you lose weight, improve blood pressure, blood flow, and cholesterol levels.
Using medical weight loss programs can help you be proactive in decreasing your risk for heart disease. Our medical weight loss programs make it easy to lose weight, and we offer personalized meal plans and exercises for you to stay focused and get back in shape.