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Exercise and Your Heart

Regular exercise reduces the risk of many forms of cardiovascular disease, including heart attack, stroke, peripheral artery disease and coronary heart disease.

How? Exercise can:

  • Lower blood pressure.
  • Lower LDL ("bad”) cholesterol that can clog your heart’s arteries.
  • Open blood vessels and gets your heart pumping, which improves circulation.
  • Help you shed excess pounds, reducing the strain on your heart.
  • Help your body maintain the right balance of hormones and other factors involved in clotting and inflammation that may promote fatty buildups in the heart’s arteries.

  • Last Edited 03/31/2019