The cardiovascular system also works as something of a waste management system in your body; it picks up dead cells and other impurities as it circulates and then delivers these to filtering organs in the body such as the lungs, liver and kidneys.
It can be difficult to know if your cardiovascular system is healthy and strong because you often don’t have any signals from this system until there is a problem. The system is also so complicated that just taking your pulse once a month to count your heartbeats is also not the only good indicator of a strong cardiovascular system.
Regular checkups with your doctor will always be the best way to ensure a strong cardiovascular system. He or she will check your heart rate and feel your lymph nodes to ensure everything is in working order and that you don’t have lumps or other issues that need to be tested. Your blood pressure and body temperature are also important to check as these are indicators of the health of your circulatory system.
A heart monitor can also tell you if your cardiovascular system is strong; these are not usually used unless there is an indication of an irregular heartbeat, but monitoring your heart for a few days can tell your doctor if your pulse is weak and threaded or if you have a strong, regular heartbeat.
Doing everything you can to strengthen your heart and your cardiovascular system is also good to ensure that you are healthy. The heart is a muscle that gets stronger when it’s used and exercised. Regular physical activity that challenges your heart is vital for your overall good health. This is especially important as you get older and your system slows down and becomes weaker.
If you don’t have a regular schedule for physical activity, now is the time to start. Walk every night after dinner, at least 30 minutes. Increase this by fifteen minutes every week until you are up to an hour. After that, challenge yourself by adding a little bit of jogging with your walk. Purchase a good elliptical machine and use that regularly; if you can only work out for ten minutes when you first start, that’s better than nothing! Do this every night until you can increase your time on the machine by another five minutes, then another five, and so on.
What you eat is also important for heart health. A diet high in fat will allow fat to collect around your internal organs and your heart. If you have fat collected around your belly, you probably have fat collected around your internal organs. Cut down on fried foods and processed or junk foods and fill up on lean proteins as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. These are all vital for good health.
Continue to see your doctor at least annually for checkups and tests so you know you have a strong cardiovascular system; if you consider all these points, you’ll be heart healthy for life!