Systems for Cardiovascular Health

Updated:Apr 3,2012

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Your heart health: your body organs work together

Many people understand how a system functions in nature, but many people do not have a clear grasp on the systems inside our bodies that sustain our cardiovascular health. In nature there is a food chain. In order for the larger animals to have the food they need, the food source must be adequate. In order for the food source to be adequate, the soil must be fertile. When either the soil is contaminated or the food source is eliminated, the whole system suffers because everything in the system has interdependent needs.

The same is true with cardiovascular health. The heart needs healthy arteries. The arteries need the blood to be full of oxygen from the lungs and filtered well in the kidneys. The kidneys need to regulate fluid levels so that the arteries will not suffer from too much pressure. When blockages and problems begin in one area, many other organs are often affected.

If you are living with HIV, it is even more important to keep your entire system functioning well because you face some inherent natural risks to your system.

Small changes can make a big difference!

When you understand systems of change, you begin to recognize the importance of each and every change. Everything you do to improve your health can actually benefit your entire system, including your heart, arteries, lungs, kidneys and your overall wellness. Because each individual part of the system is dependent on other parts, it pays to do all that you can for maximum wellness.

Reduce the risks to your system

If you've ever heard the term "risk reduction," you might picture it as a list of negatives accompanied by a wagging finger and a scowling face. "Don't do this..., Don't do that...," However, risk reduction is really about understanding your best possible odds for living well. The powerful video at the top of this page demonstrates the direct correlation between likely health outcomes and making positive healthy changes in your life. If you'd like someone to explain to you how much your choices matter, watch this video.

What changes can I make today to help my cardiovascular system?

Simple low-cholesterol food choices, exercise and medications (if needed) can improve your cholesterol ratios, your blood sugar levels and your blood pressure – all key indicators for your cardiovascular health. For people with HIV, managing these factors is even more important. We encourage you to take the assessment at My Life Check to get a good picture of your overall health today. Your results will provide you with a good starting point as you focus on improving your health.