The Brain and Heart Connection
Your brain and heart have a lot in common. They are two of the most vital organs in the body and rely on each other to function. One of the brain’s jobs is to control involuntary functions, such as circulating blood. And, without the heart circulating the blood, brain cells wouldn’t receive the nutrients and oxygen they need to control our body.
Another thing the brain and heart have in common is the ability to clog. Clogs aren’t good when it comes to these two organs. Arteries carry blood from the heart to the brain and body. If arteries become clogged, it can lead to serious problems, like a stroke or a heart attack.
Many of the same behaviors and risk factors that can lead to strokes also lead to heart disease including:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Physical inactivity
- Poor eating habits
- Tobacco use
Good for the Brain, Heart and You
The good news is that making a few healthy lifestyle changes can help your brain and your heart. Here are a few tips to get you on the right path:
- Control your blood pressure and cholesterol
- Follow a healthy diet
- Get plenty of exercise
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Quit smoking
Develop a routine to measure your blood pressure regularly. Download your free Blood Pressure Record Keeper to help track your blood pressure over time. Share this tracker with your primary care physician at your next appointment. Don’t have a primary care physician? Let us help find a doctor near you or call us at (888) 906-8935 and one of our agents will provide you with a physician referral.
BayCare also offers many resources, including a wide selection of educational classes and events in Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Lutz, Riverview, Winter Haven, New Port Richey, Plant City and Dunedin to help you learn more about what you can do to reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure and heart disease.