Heart Disease Prevention –
What You Need To Know
Heart disease prevention should be a top priority for everyone. Cardiovascular disease claims over 900,000 lives each year in the United States, and has been the number one killer in all but one year since 1900. What most people don’t know is that heart disease prevention and even reversal is now a reality.
It used to be believed that atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, was a condition that everyone would get as they became older; however recent scientific research has shown that does not have to be the case. The health of your endothelium (inner lining of the blood vessels), and the blood vessels themselves, directly affect cardiovascular health. It is also known that a healthy endothelium produces nitric oxide (NO), which provides many benefits to blood vessels. Some of these include increasing blood flow, preventing fatty deposits from sticking to the blood vessel wall, inhibiting hardening of the vessel wall, and reducing the chances of blood vessels constricting.
Your cardiovascular health may not have been foremost in your minds up to this point. This would not be too surprising, as many internists and even cardiologists are not aware of some of the most recent research when it comes to blood vessels and vascular health. Part of this is due to the fact that there are relatively few medical schools where vascular medicine is taught. Most doctors’ cardiovascular training has been spent focusing on the heart, but not on the 100,000 miles of blood vessels in our body.
Many risk factors for heart disease, including hypertension or high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and tobacco use will be discussed in detail. Through a healthy diet, proper supplements, and exercise you will be shown that you can prevent heart disease from happening, if you are currently a healthy individual, and even reverse heart disease if you are one of the many who is already afflicted.
There are many natural ways to improve your cardiovascular health. If you are currently on blood pressure medication or statins for high cholesterol, following some of these easy steps may allow you to get off your medications with their potential side effects. Heart disease can be prevented and even reversed, so take advantage of this information so you can live a longer, healthier life.