Heart Smart Plan

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  Cardiovascular  disease  including  heart disease and stroke account          for more than one – third  (33.6%)  of  all  U.S. deaths.  In 2010, the total          cost  of  cardiovascular disease  in  the United States  were  estimated to       be  $444 Billion. Treatment of  these diseases accounted  for about $1 of every  $6  spent  on  healthcare  in  this  country.  As the U.S. population  ages,  this economic impact  of  cardiovascular disease  on  our  nations health care system will become greater.    M y  H e a r t  M y  L i f e.org                   C. P. R.  I n s t r u c t i o n s

Each Year about 950,000 Americans receive angioplasty and heart stents costing health care $150 billion.  This  potentially  life  saving  procedure  allows  blood  to  flow through previously blocked arteries.  Limiting damage to the heart muscle from a heart attack is already in progress or preventing a heart attack from happening altogether.

     Heart attack can happen differently to different people; in men they can have crushing pain that radiates to their arm or jaw. While in women the feeling may be vague with over whelming fatigue, weakness, nausea or a sense that they just don’t feel right. Also when it comes to the heart what kills one might just be a minor irritation to another.
    Whether the chest pain is associated with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is due to a heart attack or unstable angina. Which is also caused by the buildup of waxy plague that narrows the passages and impedes blood flow. Clot prevention isn’t the only goal after post stent therapy.
     If you weren’t on a statin prior you will be on one now. Ideally aim for a total cholesterol level of less than 200 mg/dL ; a LDL level   of less than 100, an HDL of 60 or above and triglycerides of less than 150. If your blood pressure is high you will need either an ACE inhibitor (angiotensin- converting enzyme) or an ARB angiotensin II receptor blocker. These types of medications may raise blood levels of potassium which can affect heart rhythm.
   Along with an ACE inhibitor or ARB your doctor may prescribe a beta blocker to block the affect of the hormone adrenaline. This will reduce the amount of work the heart muscle does and lower blood pressure. You may also need a calcium channel blocker (CCB) that help vessels relax, improving blood flow.
  Both stenting and coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG often pronounced “Cabbage.”) are used to open block arteries with a pop of your chest. Cracking open your  chest allows the surgeon to use arteries and veins from other parts of your body — grafts – to reroute blood flow around the blockage.
    Preventive measures for heart events should be taken NOW. Physical exercise can reduce your risk for a heart attack tremendously. For every hour of regular, vigorous exercise daily, you can add two hours to your life expectancy. Increasing daily activity often means reducing caloric consumption. Most foods high in calories are also high in saturated fat. Also filling up on high fiber foods — such as grains, vegetables and fruit – helps you feel fuller on fewer calories.
   Makeover your menu to a heart friendly diet: the best way to do this is reduce sodium which reduces blood pressure. The American Heart Association recommends that you consume no more than 1,500 mg of sodium a day.
   The best diet should limit saturated fat to no more than 6 percent of your diet. Avoid trans fats, typically found in fried food and processed package sweets and snacks. Also watch out for salt substitutes — sometimes continuing potassium instead of sodium. Dining Out doesn’t mean not going heart healthy. Thanks to goodfoodnearyou.com they find restaurants and select menu items by fat, calories, carbs and protein made east for you.
   Also most people don’t know that smoking harms nearly every organ in your body. And the cardiovascular system isn’t immune. Smoking can constrict arteries and veins and producing heart attacks. I know someone that had an angioplasty that showed a normal size artery that should had been the size of her thumb reduced to the diameter of a pencil.
    For free, accurate information and professional aid in supporting the immediate and long -term needs of people trying to quit smoking, go to smokefree.gov  you will find advice on building a plan, ways to identify and master cravings. A service that sends supportive text messages — and much more.
   To learn more about heart healthThe National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute  can answer questions you may have regarding stent and  heart health in general.  http://www.secondscount.org/treatments/stents

    While having the most incompetent President  in American History.  Research  has  found  that  emotional  stress  created by Post Traumatic Stress  Disorder  (P.T.S.D.)  can  worsen  heart  disease.   Depression  for instance,  increases your risk of  heart trouble by increasing low – grade inflammation,  which in turn, leads  to artery clogging.  It also activates platelets which  makes them more sticky,  and  likely  to  clump  together  into deadly blood clots. http://www.dailyrx.com/cancer-survivors-who-had-radiation-may-have-increased-risks-following-heart-surgery

   Which can alter the rhythm of  your heart beat while increasing blood pressure,  insulin,  cholesterol  and stress hormones.  Leave  it  untreated and your risk of  death during the next  four months increases  four times higher than  someone without depression.  It’s also important to practice good habits  like eating right,  exercising,  and refraining  from smoking.    http://www.world-heart-federation.org/cardiovascular-health/cardiovascular-disease-risk-factors/stress/   

     With  some  of  the  best tips  for  avoiding  heart disease  are reducing saturated  fat to  fewer than  7 percent of  your caloric intake,  eliminating   trans  fats  that were invented to increase  the shelf life of  processed  foods and  nearly  77 percent of  sodium content coming  from processed  foods it   is important to limit them in your diet. Sodium causes your body to retain water, which makes your heart work harder to pump blood ( if  your  on  a  diuretic any sodium can encounter medication…. be leary.)

   Facts about the Heart:  while only having 6 quarts of blood running through  it.  It’s  one  of  the  hardest  working  muscles  in  your  body…. pumping 2 ounces  of  blood every time  the heart beats  which  happens 100,000 times daily. Sending 2,500 gallons of blood through your body. With 60,000 miles of  blood vessels which “if” laid out would track 2 1/2 times around earth… that’s an amazing  fact. These  vessels  feed  every organ,  tissue  and  the trillions of  cells in your body.

    Heart disease inflicts between  8 & 10  million people +65 years old          every year in the United States. There are 2600 heart attacks a minute   each year in America ….with 160,000 being between the ages of  35 – 64  years of age. While 50% of these patients happen without warning and    300 known risk  factors with  35  being  well  known. Cholesterol  is  one         of them that gets to much attention and is over stated to often.

    Research  identifies two  types of  LDL:  fluffy  particles  (harmless)          and  small,  dense particles  tiny  enough  to penetrate the blood vessel  lining  and  become  oxidized.  These  particles  alone don’t cause heart disease,  chronic inflammation,  oxidation  and  stress also weakening      cells lining inside of  your blood vessels.  Stress is bad  for every cell in    your body  and has been linked  to practically every disease  known to    mankind.

    With some researchers believing:  chronic stress  is  as bad  for your     health  as smoking.  When  your under stress  your  nervous system will  respond by releasing stress hormones including adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones cause you your heart to beat  faster,  muscles to tighten,  blood pressure to rise. With most work situations being pressure packed today it’s important to get away  from it.

    When you get yelled  at  by other people,  a human’s reaction is to go         into a stew over it.  This is a coping strategy you should try to overcome because  it really isn’t  healthy  for you.  You ever notice when you yell at        a  dog their immediate response is racing around like a maniac. Which is      a natural way of  unloading stress  from  their system  in  a healthy way. Not saying you should immediately go racing around like a maniac,  but       a great technique  is  riding a bicycle  that can expel tension,  stress  and help lower cholesterol. 

     Cholesterol  acts as a repair patch  to the damaged areas,  which                 can  protect  them  in  short  term  but  also leads  to  future  problems, including arterial plaque buildup.  If  inflammation continues, plaque        can break off and  form a dangerous blood clot. As their name implies, antioxidants prevent cholesterol  from oxidizing,  thereby, dampening        the entire inflammatory process.

     Therefore,  enjoying these  five antioxidants superstar to improve cholesterol  function and reduce chronic inflammation. Consume Wild Alaskan Salmon  which  contains  omega – 3   fats  for fluidity  and also cholesterol  for structure.  Your  body  pulls  this  cholesterol out of  the bloodstream into the cells,  thus  reducing cholesterol  that’s  subject to oxidation. Also another item you might want to consider in your diet is Extra – virgin olive oil with it’s monounsaturated  fat that reduces LDL oxidation, triglycerides, inflammation reducing blood pressure. 

     Additionally  many  types  of  beans  are  rich in  folate,  a B vitamin        that  lowers  homocysteine,  a  heart disease risk  marker  that  damages blood vessels. Also beans are an excellent source of  lean protein contain  soluble  fiber that reduces heart disease risk by binding with cholesterol       in the digestive tract, aiding it’s excretion and the liver’s ability to use it.     In addition beans also improve  insulin sensitivity which reduces insulin sensitivity, cholesterol – molecule damage and increases satiety.

      Green tea offers epigallocatechin gallate  (E.G.C.G.) a polyphenol that  helps  liver cells  capture  circulating LDL,  essentially  pulling  it  from  the bloodstream. In addition look for green tea blended with tulsi  (also called holy basil), an adaptogenic herb shown  to  relieve  heart  damaging  stress.   Think Goodness:dark chocolate may reduce heart disease risk by one third boosting HDL ~ reducing LDL cholesterol.  Containing beneficial flavanols, just be sure it contains 60 percent or more cocoa content.

   While cholesterol is a vital risk  factor…. it can simply be stated the          over  usage  of  statin  drugs  should  be  carefully  considered.  Driving         cholestrol lower presents an added risk for cancer,  and  “if”  driven to       low can present quality  of  life issues  (muddled headed,  with unclear thought,  aches  and  pains…. et cetera.)  Statin  drugs  can  have  an   impact on CoQ10 levels in your body as well.

   With  heart  beat  arrhythmia  being one of  the main causes of  fatal          heart attacks. Omega 3’s  helps  with  chronic  inflammation,  lowering blood pressure and opening blood vessels. Those that eat fish 5 times @   week or start supplementing with Omega 3’s,  start to see a significant reduction in the  side effects  of  heart  disease.  The  eskimo  population   that  consume  fish 2 or 3 times @ day usually have outcomes  of  2 or 3        out of 100 eskimos that get heart disease.  Low Vitamin D Levels!!!

     Secondarly  of  importance  for  prevention  of  heart  disease  is  the        master mineral,  Magnesium which has a  co enzyme factor that effects        300  enzymatic actions in the human  body,  Along with  D-Ribose  and         L-Carnitine  making  for heart  attack  reducers.  Also  the  more  health conscientious  you are  can  be  determined  by  engaging  in  preventive behavior. Such as exercising, eating well with routine check ups,  while     also finishing what you start, controlling impulses & depression  plays         a significant role in  determining  longevity. While  having  the  ability         to cope with the lost of  a love one… et cetera…. Gotta Lose Weight!!

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