Love Your Heart – Reduce Your Risk of Heart Health Problems
Helpful tips to help you live a heart healthy lifestyle Did you know that the human heart beats 100,000 times a day and pumps 1.5 gallons of blood per minute? It does the most physical work of any muscle during a lifetime. It’s no wonder heart disease is our greatest health threat. In fact, heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the world, the leading cause of death in the United States, killing over 370,000 Americans per year, and the No. 1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined, according to the American Heart Association Statistics Committee.
Even worse, heart disease is 80% preventive, yet we have these astounding statistics. Used interchangeably with “cardiovascular disease,” heart disease is referred to by conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to heart attack, chest pain (angina) or stroke. Although some types of heart disease are congenital, the majority of heart diseases develop over the course of a person’s lifetime. The most common heart diseases include coronary artery disease, silent ischemia, angina, myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, arrhythmia, heart defects and peripheral arterial disease.
You may ask, “What are the signs of an unhealthy heart?” Surprisingly, there are some symptoms to watch out for outside of your normal vital signs. However, if any of the following describe what you have experienced, you should seek advice from a medical professional as only he/she can make an accurate assessment of your heart health:
1. Aching chest or shoulder pain 2. Swollen feet and legs 3. Snoring and sleep apnea 4. Irregular heartbeat 5. Shortness of breath 6. Swollen, bleeding, sore gums 7. Sexual problems 8. Throat or jaw pain 9. Coughing 10. Dizziness 11. No appetite and nausea 12. Sweating 13. Fatigue or weakness
Prevention, however, is the best defense. Eating a healthy diet (low in saturated fats, cholesterol, and sodium and sufficient in Omega-3s), maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, limiting alcohol use and getting plenty of physical activity (30 – 45 minutes per day) are key elements to improving your overall heart health. Knowing your numbers--blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar--is just as important.
Get your vitals checked regularly as they are early indicators of cardiovascular disease. When diet and exercise aren’t enough to improve your numbers, there is the natural approach of supplementation to ensure optimal heart health. Studies show that our soils are depleted and we must supplement to fill the nutritional gaps in our diets. Be sure to choose vitamins and supplements that work just like nature intended, can deliver maximum absorption and antioxidant protection, and have been scientifically researched and patent-protected. This will ensure that key risk factors of heart disease (cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, platelet function, endothelial function and LDL oxidation) will get addressed.
Last year, in an effort to raise awareness for cardiovascular disease, President Barack Obama declared February as American Heart Month, and in 2003, National Wear Red Day was born. Let’s be kind to our hearts, help spread awareness, and make a difference in someone’s life by helping them make healthy lifestyle changes!