You might be surprised to learn that the leading cause of death in America is in fact heart disease. 1 It seems that as we age, the risk of heart disease increases, which means it’s never too early to start taking good care of your heart. How? It’s simple: adopt a heart-healthy lifestyle. Even younger adults need to practice a heart-healthy lifestyle to live long and happy lives. Are you interested in keeping your heart healthy? Then continue reading to learn more.
Types of Heart Problems
First let’s look at some of the most common types of heart problems. We believe that knowledge is always good medicine.
- Coronary Artery Disease – This is the most common type of heart disease in America today. Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is caused by atherosclerosis (the clogging and narrowing of a blood vessel) of the coronary arteries. 2 These are the arteries that supply the heart itself with blood. Click here to read more about this heart condition.
- Heart Attack – A heart attack occurs when the heart itself is starved of the oxygen rich blood it needs to pump. 3 As a result, part of the heart dies, causing permanent damage to the heart itself as well as scaring to the heart tissue. 3 A heart attack may be the result of CAD. Click here to read more about this condition.
- Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Arrhythmia) – Arrhythmia is simply an irregular heartbeat. An arrhythmia can occur in a healthy, normal heart, or an arrhythmia can be sign of a more serious problem. 4 If an irregular heartbeat persists, it may be a good idea to consult with your doctor; to rule out any serious problems. Click here to read more about this condition.
- Heart Valve Disease – The four valves in your heart regulate the amount of blood flowing through each of the four heart chambers. 5 Therefore, a bad valve can cause blood flow problems in the heart, which can be very serious. Click here to read more about this condition.
So who is at risk for Heart Disease?
Since CAD is the most common type of heart disease in America today, we will discuss some of the risk factors involved with CAD.
- Age – the older you are, the greater your risk. 6
- Race – race, genetics, and family history seem to play a part in your risk of developing CAD. Click here to learn more.
- Gender – Males have a greater risk of developing CAD. 6
- Tobacco Smoke – Smoking seems to increase the risk of CAD.
- High Cholesterol – There is some debate on this subject, but some experts feel that high cholesterol increases a person’s risk of CAD. 6
- High Blood Pressure – High blood pressure seems to increase the risk of CAD.
- Physical Inactivity – Physical inactivity seems to increase the risk of CAD.
- Obesity (Overweight) – Being overweight seems to increase the risk of CAD.
- Diabetes – Having diabetes can increase the risk of CAD. 6
The first three risk factors cannot be controlled. However, the last six risk factors can be controlled to some degree with some effort.
Heart Disease Prevention
Understanding your risks is the first step to heart disease prevention. First, you may want to consider making changes in your diet to further reduce your risk. So what dietary changes are necessary to help prevent heart disease? Most experts believe that a heart-healthy diet includes a reduction of high cholesterol foods as well as no more than 30 percent of your total daily calories coming from fat. 7 8 Experts are also advising that people consume only enough calories to maintain a healthy weight; probably to help keep cholesterol levels under control. 7
Watching your fat and cholesterol intake may be an important step. However, we would like to expand on the idea of a heart-healthy diet by sharing some our own advice. First, be sure to include plenty of omega-3’s in your diet. These good fats help lower bad cholesterol, increase good cholesterol, and reduce inflammation. 9 10 Fiber is also great at reducing cholesterol and promoting healthy weight loss. It may be a good idea to consume at least 25-30 grams of fiber each day. We also found that eating a diet rich in whole foods (including plenty of fruits and vegetables) made it easier to get our 25-30 grams of daily fiber.
Besides making changes to your diet, you may also want to focus on making changes to your lifestyle. Adding a moderate amount of exercise to your weekly routine may help your heart. And the exercise can also help you lose weight. Be sure to check with your doctor if you have any doubts about your ability to exercise due to any pre existing medical conditions. Begin any new exercise routine slowly and listen to your body.
Other Heart-Healthy Nutrients
Although a heart-healthy diet is a good step in preventing heart disease, you may choose to add additional heart-healthy nutrients that may help further strengthen your heart to keep it healthy. Let’s take a look at a few of these:
- CoEnzyme Q10 – Co-Enzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like compound found most abundantly in heart tissue. It has been used most frequently for healthy heart function blood pressure stabilization, and as a powerful antioxidant. We offer a quality Co-Enzyme Q10 Supplement that is synergized with B Vitamins. Our customers have said that this product gives them extra energy.
- Vitamin E – This vitamin has been shown to increase circulation. Vitamin E also exhibits strong antioxidant activity. We offer an easily absorbed Liquid Vitamin E Supplement at an affordable price.
- Vitamin C – Vitamin C strengthens the arterial walls and works together with Vitamin E to help promote overall heart health. And our Powdered Vitamin C Supplement absorbs easily. Our customers are saying that it works best when taken with some Vitamin E as well.
- LifeSource Heart Package – Our LifeSource Heart Health & Longevity Package contains many ingredients we have already discusses as well as Chromium Picolinate; a mineral may help regulate blood cholesterol levels.
Besides the heart-healthy nutrients above, we also offer some additional heart-healthy supplements including: Liquid MSM, Fish Oil, Liquid Selenium, and Liquid Calcium/Magnesium. If you have any doubts about adding new supplements into your daily diet, be sure to check with your doctor first.
In the end establishing a healthy lifestyle is a big step towards taking care of your heart. It is always a good idea to start making healthy changes today instead of later on down the road. The little changes that you make now may have a big impact on the health of your heart later.
- Deaths: Final Data for 2006 National Vital Statistics Reports.
- Coronary Artery Disease. WebMD.com.
- Heart Attacks and Heart Disease. WebMD.com.
- Heart Disease and Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Arrhythmia). WebMD.com.
- Heart Valve Disease. WebMD.com.
- Risk Factors and Coronary Heart Disease. American Heart Association.
- Heart Healthy Diet. National Institutes of Health: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.
- Eat a Heart-Healthy Diet. American Heart Association.
- Omega-3 fatty acids. University of Maryland Medical Center.
- Omega-3 fatty acids in inflammation and autoimmune diseases. National Institutes of Health: PubMed.gov.