Exercise. The Best Treatment for Hypertension

Exercise is the best treatment for hypertension. It has none of the side effects of medication and the correct exercise program is as effective as most anti-hypertensive drugs.   I really want you to appreciate what a health problem hypertension is in our society. About a third of Americans have been diagnosed with high blood pressure; yet only half of them are adequately treated.  Despite all our medical advances hypertension is killing us.  And it’s costing us a fortune.  In 2010 alone the cost of high blood pressure will run this country about $76.6 billion.  No wonder our health care budget is in the crapper. To say it is a major public health problem is a gross understatement.

Exercise is key in preventing and treating high blood pressure.

  • Exercise will prevent hypertension in 50% of us.  And that is really significant because once you reach age 55, the chance of you getting high blood pressure is a sky-rocketing 90%.  So if you’re lucky enough to live to age 55, you are pretty much guaranteed that you will be taking blood pressure medication.  Unless you GET MOVING!
  • If you have hypertension, exercise alone will decrease your blood pressure.
  • Exercise lowers blood pressure 2 ways
  • There is an immediate decrease that happens after every exercise session. So daily aerobic (cardio) exercise can prevent the normal and dangerous rise in blood pressure that occurs during daily activity in hypertensives.
  • There are also significant long term benefits from regular exercise, especially when that exercise is coupled with weight loss.

You see, you can only win when you take control of your life and your health.  You have more power than any pill or treatment I could prescribe.

My mission is to decrease the cost of health care in this country – one healthy body at a time.  Shouldn’t you be the first volunteer?


Exercise Is One Of the Best Treatments for Heart Disease

Exercise is one of the most effective treatments for heart disease.  But you know that.  That’s why you call it ‘Cardio’.  The term is short for cardiovascular; the body system that your heart is part of and includes all your arteries and veins as well.  I grew up in the era when we called it Aerobics but that conjures up images of Jane Fonda with puffy hair wearing leg warmers. Fortunately we are much cooler now and have much cooler lingo.  But what is most important is that so many more of us are doing it.

But are you doing the right thing?  Or are you one of the lost souls at the gym hoping that the time you spend on the elliptical machine or treadmill is helping you meet your goals?  If you goal is to prevent that heart attack that your dad just had or prevent heart disease that runs in your family, this blog is for you.

You see I’m a physician who tells her patients every day how important  exercise is for their health.  Some listen but mostly I get blank stares.  Then I realized that none of my patients knew what to do to get started and how to stick with it.  That is where this book comes in.  GET MOVING! Live Better, Live Longer is the step by step guide to exercise effectively and efficiently.   I truly believe people want to be healthier but they don’t really know what to do.  You see, Exercise is Medicine.  It is the only medicine known to prevent and even cure disease and it has no side effects! How cool is that?

Heart disease is the #1 killer is our society.  It also causes significant disability; we have even coined the term cardiac cripple in medicine. They are patients whose heart is so weakened after a heart attack simple things like grocery shopping are almost an impossibility.  And I don’t want you to be one of those.  Exercise is your best medicine to prevent and treat heart disease once you’ve been diagnosed.

The Right Exercise Program will Treat Heart Disease. Just follow these simple steps

  • Before you start your exercise program, get the OK from your doctor
  • While you wait to see him, most of you can start a gentle walking program
  • Plan to gradually work up to 30 minutes a day of moderate intensity exercise 4-5 days a week
  • There are special precautions people with heart disease should take. They are covered in my book
  • Weight lifting is good, if done the right way

Those are your simple steps to treat heart disease with exercise.  GET MOVING! Live Better, Live Longer will give you the details you need to ensure your success. All you need to do is get up off the couch, turn off your computer and go for you a walk. It will be the walk of your lifetime.