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Cardivascular Disease

 

Coronary Artery Disease

In the absence of genetic pathology; coronary artery [heart] disease is largely preventable. Factors that increase your risk of coronary artery disease include some beyond your control; but most of them can.

You CANNOT control your age, gender, race, family medical history or previous heart conditions.

Learn More About Heart Health

 

Personal Medical History Risks

If you have a personal history of heart disease, artery disease or blood disorders, your risk of heart attack and stroke may be increased. In many cases, treatment can reduce the risk.

You CAN control, treat or prevent the following risk factors:

 

Weight Loss

A weight loss of 10 to 20 pounds can help reduce your risk for heart attack and stroke. Losing one or two pounds per week is considered a healthy weight loss.

Smoking Risks

Smoking cigarettes significantly increases your risk of heart attack and stroke because:

  1. Tobacco smoke damages artery walls and creates cholesterol deposits promoting development of atherosclerosis.
  2. It reduces the level of good cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL).
  3. It can cause formation of blood clots leading to heart attack or stroke.

Continuing to smoke following a heart attack may lead to sudden cardiac arrest, emphysema and death. The good news is, there is little residual effect; when you stop smoking, you immediately start reducing your risk.

 

Treatments

In heart and artery disease, medication can be prescribed to help prevent clots from forming.

In carotid artery disease, surgery can be performed to remove clots and plaque that might cause a stroke.

Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) are extremely important warning signs for stroke and should not be ignored. A TIA is a mini stroke that lasts from a few minutes up to 24 hours, producing stroke-like symptoms such as numbness in an arm or leg, sudden dizziness or difficult vision. Any evidence of TIA should be immediately reported to your doctor.

There are a number of effective supplements that assist with preventing and recovering from heart attacks and maintaining a healthy heart and vascular system.

Vitamin B12 and Folate

Both folate and vitamin B12 have been shown to reduce the risk if ischemic stroke by 30 percent. Both these substances reduce the levels of homocysteine in the blood. When levels of Homocycsteine are too high, cardiovascular problems like stroke increase. More on B Vitamins

Healthy Heart Supplements

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