Although as reported by the National Institutes of Health there is at this time no cure for heart failure treatments such as medications and lifestyle changes can assist people who are afflicted with this condition to live longer lives which are more active. The European Society of Cardiology reported on Nov. 21, 2015, Mexico sees improvements in heart failure with diet and exercise. The benefits of a healthy diet and exercise in patients suffering from heart failure have been shown by doctors in Mexico.
Heart failure is a very serious life threatening condition in which the heart is not able to pump enough blood to meet the needs of the human body. Typical symptoms of this condition include fatigue, breathlessness and swollen limbs. It has been estimated that there are 750,000 patients in Mexico who have been living with this condition.
Dr. Arturo Orea, who is the study author, says only about 25 percent of men and 38 percent of women who have heart failure in Mexico will be living after five years. Dr. Arturo Orea says although medication can improve the outcome of heart failure for the majority of patients the future does not appear very bright.
Dr. Orea’s research team has investigated the effect of diet and exercise in patients who have heart failure. It has been observed that there was overall lower blood pressure and total body water in people who did aerobic and resistance exercise. In another study it has been observed that in patients who consumed less than 200 mg/day of magnesium a day there was about a three times increased risk of hospitalization or death. As pointed out by Dr Orea magnesium is found in dark leafy greens, nuts, fish, bananas, and and whole grains.
The American Heart Association has reported that your most potent weapons to help you fight cardiovascular disease are a healthy diet and lifestyle. On a daily basis you should try to use up at least as many calories as you consume. If you eat more calories you need more physical activity. It has been suggested that you should get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity or a combination of each of these weekly.
It’s also advisable to eat a wide variety of nutritious foods which are from all of the food groups. Nutrient rich foods may assist you in controlling your and blood pressure, weight and cholesterol. It should be remembered a good diet and adequate exercise are necessary for the health of your heart.