There is a massive misunderstanding in the fitness industry regarding this topic.
There has been a tremendous amount of research showing unhealthy people are still fit, and fit people are still unhealthy.
The first step to understanding this statement is to fully understand the terminology.
When people think of being "FIT" they think of being healthy. This is not necessarily the case. Fitness is only one piece of health.
Fitness is actually defined by 5 components: Body mass, muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiorespiratory endurance and flexibility. I feel "Recovery" should be added as another.
Anyways, there are many "FIT" people out there, but they have no idea what is going on underneath. They could have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, etc. These conditions allow you to still exercise at a high capacity, usually without feeling any symptoms.
Have you ever heard of a marathon runner finishing the race and collapsing from a heart attack? Chances are it was an electrolyte imbalance or congenital heart disease, but it could also mean they have arterial disease.
To conclude a very important topic:
Sue Carter and I, among others displayed our continual support for our co-worker Jeannette whom is battling breast cancer.
It is my understanding that Jeannette finished her final round of radiation yesterday. This is excellent news and a major milestone in her journey to heal and recover!
If there is someone out there, whether you know them or not, I want you to think of this question before turning your head: Are you capable of supporting that person in some way?
Rebecca Dobson is a Cardiac Sonographer at Central PA Physician's Group. She performs multiple tasks for the office; including but not limited to: echocardiograms and stress echocardiograms.
Please enjoy her short video biography!
You will discover an amazing person who truly cares about you and works to help you solve your problems!
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Reference: American Heart Association
"Cholesterol isn’t just something that sits in your body like fat around your waist. It’s carried through your bloodstream by carriers made of fat (lipid) and proteins. These are called – no big surprise – lipoproteins.
Two types of lipoproteins carry cholesterol to and from cells. One is low-density lipoprotein, or LDL. The other is high-density lipoprotein, or HDL. The amount of each type of cholesterol in your blood can be measured by a blood test.
LDL (Bad) CholesterolLDL cholesterol is called “bad” cholesterol. Think of it as less desirable or even lousy cholesterol, because it contributes to fatty buildups in arteries (atherosclerosis). Plaque buildups narrow arteries and raise the risk for heart attack, stroke and peripheral artery disease (narrowed arteries in the legs).
HDL (Good) CholesterolHDL cholesterol is “good” cholesterol. Think of it as the “healthy” cholesterol, so higher levels are better. Experts believe HDL acts as a scavenger, carrying LDL cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver. There it’s broken down and passed from the body.
A healthy HDL cholesterol level may protect against heart attack and stroke. Studies show low levels of HDL cholesterol increase the risk of heart disease. HDL cholesterol does not completely eliminate LDL cholesterol. Only one-fourth to one-third of blood cholesterol is carried by HDL.
TriglyceridesTriglycerides are the most common type of fat in the body; they store excess energy from your diet. A high triglyceride level combined with low HDL cholesterol or high LDL cholesterol is linked with fatty buildups in artery walls. This increases the risk of heart attack and stroke."
Here are a handful of amazing memories in our 1st year of cardiac rehab.
We have officially graduated 38 patients since the launch of the program in January 2017.
We currently have 20 active patients.
Exercise Prescriptions are customized for each individual based on objective testing measures. We follow the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) guidelines.
We do pre, mid and post-stress testing to measure progress in each patient.
We are located on the 2nd floor of Dr. Khoury's brand new building on 12th street in Altoona, PA.
We have a walking track and state of the art exercise equipment and telemetry system.
We are a great big family. We have fun and get better in the process.
Come check us out anytime you want!
Our coworker, Jeanette, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She is starting round 1 of several planned rounds of radiotherapy and chemotherapy to fight it.
Jeanette is fighting this as hard as she can. She is determined and dedicated to win this battle for the sake of her loving family and friends. She is a very proud mom to two little girls.
Jeanette continues to work daily in the local medical office while having her radiotherapy daily after her work ends. That is NO easy feat.
She will need funds and donations now to help her with her expensive copays, transportation and medical procedures that she will need.
Jeanette is a loving mom, wonderful wife, precious friend, dedicated coworker, superb human being.
She NEEDS us in order to fight this breast cancer. She is counting on all of us. Please donate - no amount is too small. Please help her get her health back so she can be there for her two little precious daughters and family. Please keep her in your prayers.
PLEASE donate now. Thank you for your support and generosity.
You have all heard the dangers of smoking. It CAUSES lung cancer and is 1 of 7 Primary Risk Factors for cardiovascular disease. And, cardiovascular disease will kill 1 out of every 3 people that develop it.
Now, what if I told you that a sedentary life (a.k.a. an inactive life) is the NEW SMOKING? It doesn't sound believable right? How could inactivity become just as negative as inhaling smoke?
The answer is that the lack of inactivity can lead to a chain of events that ultimately inflame and/or damage the cardiovascular system in your body similar to the effects of smoking. This is bad. Very Bad!
Here is the primary problem: Most people think they are getting enough activity during the week, but in reality the majority are not even close to the amount they need.
That specific number is 150 minutes. Let's break that down:
- 150 minutes, 1 day a week (not your best option)
- 50 minutes, 3 days a week
- 30 minutes, 5 days a week
- 15 minutes, 10 days a week (Yea this one isn't possible) -- so that whole 10 minutes a day is totally inaccurate, unless it is high intensity (vigorous) activity. But remember, most people this applies to are sedentary to begin with, so they will not be able to do vigorous activity safely, so back to my main point - It's not going to work!
Yes some activity is ALWAYS better than none. But you need to know the realities here.
You need to create a routine that you can consistently get your 150 minutes in per week.
Stay tuned for our Facebook Live event series called Heart-to-Heart Doc-Talks.
It all begins Monday and will continue throughout 2018!!
In this series, you will discover everything on heart prevention and treatment. We will be providing FREE and consistent content on cardiovascular statistics, risks and practical tips to easily implement into your daily lives in order to live happier and healthier.
You will be getting this information straight from your Cardiologists and Podiatrists LIVE on Facebook!
You cannot afford to miss out on this unique educational series brought to you by Central PA Physician's Group.
Our mission here is to bring you COMPLETE HEALTHCARE from A-Z in order to improve the quality of life YOUR DESERVE!!
Our co-worker Jeannette who is battling cancer as you are reading this now.
The emotional trauma is enough for 1 lifetime, but then to add in medical and travel expenses could overwhelm anyone of us.
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