Published by Johns Hopkins Medicine
Johns Hopkins health experts are a wealth of heart information. Here are just five heart facts that they’ve shared in educational seminars with the intent of motivating people toward healthy change for a healthy heart.
BEING PHYSICALLY INACTIVE AT THE LOWEST LEVEL PUTS YOU AT HIGHER HEART RISK THAN SMOKING.
“[Yet] physical activity and healthy diet are where people are having the biggest problems,” says Johns Hopkins exercise physiologist Kerry Stewart, Ed.D. “Only about 40 percent of people are getting enough activity to meet the guidelines.”
SITTING IS AN INDEPENDENT RISK FACTOR FOR HEART DISEASE.
Even if you exercise regularly, it’s still smart to decrease your sitting time throughout the day. “It seems to be very helpful for one’s heart health,” says Johns Hopkins cardiologist Michael Blaha, M.D., M.P.H.
ARTERIES ARE ONLY ABOUT 4 MILLIMETERS IN DIAMETER.
“It doesn’t take too much of those fatty, greasy foods over the period of a decade or two to start clogging up the arteries,” says Johns Hopkins cardiologist Roger Blumenthal, M.D. If an artery is blocked off for 30 minutes or more, then the area of the heart muscle that artery supplies will become corroded or die. That’s why it’s so important that someone having a heart attack get care soon.