Practice Prevention To Improve Your Heart Health

Each year about 700,000 North American’s die from heart attacks. Blood clots caused by coronary artery disease (CAD) are the most common cause of heart attacks. However, as bad as CAD is, heart attacks from narrow arteries and blood clots are not the only conditions that cause heart disease. Many heart diseases exist and are preventable with only a little care.

Some common conditions are:

High blood pressure
The most common cause of heart disease in North America is high blood pressure; it affects 73 million people in just the United States. High blood pressure may be caused by:

  • Disease in the blood vessels causing them to narrow
  • Imbalances in the kidneys, lungs and liver
  • Cardiomyopathy – a disease of the heart muscle

Helpful measures: Keys to reducing high blood pressure are found in the 10 Essentials“. Some people can reduce their high blood pressure simply by practicing deep breathing. Other techniques include increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables, and increasing fiber and water while reducing sodium.

Coronary artery disease (CAD)
CAD occurs when plaque builds up inside a blood vessel of the heart. It affects over 16 million people in the U.S.  Coronary artery disease leads to angina pectoris – pain caused by poor blood flow to the heart muscles – and is associated with heart attack.

Helpful measures: Coronary artery disease responds well to a low-fat, high-fiber diet of mainly fruits and vegetables. Stress reduction and daily exercise are also effective therapies in combating CAD. Most heart specialists recommend Omega-3 oils such as those in OmegaPrime as effective tools in combating CAD.

Congestive heart failure
Congestive heart failure (CHF) and related forms of heart failure may affect more than five million people in North America. CHF is strongly related to diabetes and obesity. Among the most common triggers is obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea builds up blood pressure in an attempt to get oxygen to critical tissues such as the heart and brain.

Helpful measures: Most people with CHF respond to treatment for sleep apnea, treatment with CoEnzyme Q-10 (CoQ-10), and the other suggestions already mentioned.

Some common remedies:

Body weight and blood sugar control
Achieving and maintaining optimum body weight and blood sugar control are two suggestions that always top the list of remedies for all forms of heart disease. The LeanOlogy program can help you meet those objectives. Leanology is much more than a “diet plan” – it helps you make the necessary lifestyle adjustments through nutrition and activity to help you reach and maintain a healthier weight.

Nutrients

  • OmegaPrime can help reduce the “stickiness” of blood to protect against clots and may slow down the process of plaque formation. One or two grams are enough to help protect against heart disease, but much more is needed if the heart is already diseased.
  • CoQ-10 offers significant benefits to the heart. It should be taken at bedtime to reduce the impact of sleep apnea on the heart and brain.
  • Antioxidants such as Vitamin C and resveratrol (found in Super Antioxidant Complex) are also best taken at night, then again in the morning.
  • Special proteins found in garlic and other antioxidants such as bilberry (found in VisionGuard) can help improve lipids such as cholesterol while opening the tiniest blood vessels in the legs, hands, eyes, ears and brain.

When we consider all options, many of the problems with heart disease can be guarded against or even solved with the tools we have readily at hand (always follow the advice of your healthcare provider for your personal condition).  Do one’s emotions have an impact on heart health?  Perhaps, the “10 Essentials” can assist us here as well?

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