Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the United States of both men and women. The U.S. mortality statistic from cardiovascular disease is nearly a million people per year…almost one every 33 seconds!CVD includes sudden heart attack, congestive heart failure, arterial and blood vessel diseases and also stroke, which some people only associate with the brain.
Being a female doesn’t protect you from poor heart health. Being a young man doesn’t make you safe from heart attack. Cardiovascular disease affects many people. African Americans, Latinos and smokers are at especially high risk for heart disease. The worst thing to do is sit back and say “it can’t happen to me.”
The Good News is…
1. Some heart attack and stroke signs are very identifiable, especially if more than one is present (do not delay in calling 911; every minute counts):
Heart attack: Chest discomfort: pain, squeezing, pressure; Pain or strange feelings in one arm or both, jaw, back, stomach, or neck; Shortness of breath, cold sweat, nausea or lightheaded feeling.
Stroke: Sudden onset of confusion, long-lasting and uncommonly severe headache; Numbness or weakness in face and/or limbs down one side of body; Blurry vision or dizziness.
2. In the absence of symptoms above or ongoing heart disease, good cardiovascular health is maintainable for the majority of us without the use of prescription medicine through focusing on lifestyle, diet and nutrition. And many heart conditions can be improved by these adjustments as well even when medicine is also needed.
Common sense tells us that heart health demands an active lifestyle. Get that heart pumping and blood circulating through exercise. Computer and TV-driven leisure time do nothing to prevent cardiovascular disease! Low-impact aerobics such as walking 20-30 minutes per day can be highly effective.
“Active” doesn’t mean “stressed out”. Studies have shown that people with chronic on-the-job stress were more likely than others to develop heart risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Another source of stress is today’s over-scheduling of children and teens in extra-curricular activities that keep the whole family too busy.
The next step for general cardiovascular health is of course a good diet with balanced nutrition. Most people think this means cutting out some food category – like all fats or carbohydrates. In reality, we need some of everything; it just needs to be the right kind of each thing.
For optimal heart health, take homeopathic medicinals and supplements that can be used regularly or periodically to address the following factors and more:
- Balanced body pH, cholesterol, and blood pressure.
- “Essential Fatty Acids” – EFA’s increase cell transport of oxygen in the blood which improves circulation and digestion. They repair cell and tissue damage and contribute to a healthy immune system.
- Detoxification of the cardiovascular system, liver, kidneys and other organs
- Quick nutritional alternatives to fast food.
Adults can also make changes to protect their heart that set good examples for children, who must develop their own life-long habits to safeguard cardiovascular health.