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How Do I Know if My Heart is Healthy?

While it may be obvious that every organ works together in our bodies to keep us healthy, it can be easy to forget just how one organ may affect another.

As a vital organ, the heart has a connection to the rest of the organs in your body. Your liver, lungs, kidneys, and brain are all work together with the heart to keep your body functioning.

The Heart and the Liver

The heart works with the liver as a team to ensure the blood in your body healthily circulates. Research has shown that blood and bile closely connect the heart and liver. While the heart is pumping the blood, the liver must cleanse the blood to ensure healthy circulation. In order to do this, the liver uses bile to dissolve fat from the blood. If bile is not produced, the buildup of fat in the blood would make it hard to circulate through the arteries.

In a study published in the Journal of Hepatology, researchers concluded that heart disease was a risk factor for the development of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and vice versa. More specifically, the study revealed patients with type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure were more likely to develop NAFLD.

The Heart and the Kidneys

The kidneys are two organs about the size of your fists. The kidney’s jobs include cleaning your blood of waste and extra water, controlling blood pressure, keeping your bones strong and healthy, and making red blood cells.

Your kidneys and heart are connected. The heart pumps blood to the kidneys and then the kidneys works to remove waste and water. Without the heart, the kidneys wouldn’t have the necessary oxygen-filled blood that is needed for the body to function properly and without the kidneys the heart would work overtime to try to function.

The Heart and the Lungs

The heart also works together with your lungs to ensure your body has the oxygen-filled blood that it needs to function. Because of the close connection of the heart and lungs, breathing problems can indicate that there are issues with the heart.

The heart and lungs are connected through the pulmonary loop and the systemic loop. The pulmonary loop is on the right side of the heart and picks up the blood with little oxygen from the rest of the body and transfers it to the lungs to be cleansed and re-oxygenated. On the other side is the systemic loop which is where the re-oxygenated blood travels through to disperse to other organs in the body.

The Heart and the Brain

Another important connection for your health is the connection between the brain and the heart. The brain signals the heart to pump blood throughout the body, including to your brain. The flow of oxygen-filled blood to the brain is extremely important. If the brain doesn’t get enough oxygen from the blood that is pumped from the heart, it can cause symptoms like fuzziness or even a stroke.

Heart Health Tips

Since the heart and liver are both vital organs that work together to keep you healthy it is important to make the right choices to ensure they are functioning properly. Here are a few heart and liver health tips:

  • Eat a healthy diet. What you eat plays a giant role in your health. How much fat and sugar you consume can greatly impact your heart and your liver, so it is important to pay close attention to what you are eating.
  • Exercise regularly. Maintaining a healthy weight is a great preventative measure to avoid heart disease and liver disease because excess fat build-up can lead to liver disease and heart disease.
  • Limit alcohol consumption. Heavy alcohol consumption can cause the heart and liver to not function properly and it can weaken your heart and increase your blood pressure.
  • Understand your health. Knowing how healthy you are plays a big role in the decisions that you make as you work towards having a healthy lifestyle.

Heart and liver diseases are among some of the many diseases that are considered "silent killers" because symptoms often show up when the disease has already progressed. One of the biggest preventative measures you can take is knowing how healthy you are and how your organs are functioning.

At Fibronostics our passion for non-invasive digital diagnostics drives us towards creating solutions that allow you to monitor risk and detect disease, with the goal of eventually forgoing the traditional biopsies and scans currently common practice.

That’s why we developed the LiverFASt™ family of tests for monitoring risk and detecting disease in your liver – the largest organ in your body connected to many common health risks. Allow us to help you understand the health of your liver so that you can stay ahead of the silent killer of Liver Disease and live a happy, healthy life!

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