It's Time To Get Heart Healthy
November 11, 2010 by Dr. Michael Cutler
According to the American Heart Association, someone in America has a heart attack every 29 seconds — and someone dies from heart failure every single minute. And the odds get even worse as you get older.
Half of the men and 63 percent of the women who have died of a heart attack had no warning prior to their fatal event. While orthodox medical experts estimate that up to 30 percent of fatal attacks (and many follow-up surgeries) could be avoided with healthy lifestyle changes, I am now convinced that nearly all heart attacks can be prevented by implementing the healthy lifestyle principles of true health. Sadly, two-thirds of patients who have already suffered a heart attack don’t make the necessary lifestyle shift to prevent another one.
The first step to preventing a heart attack is understanding what triggers one. Heart attacks are caused by a blockage of the arteries that provide blood and oxygen to your heart muscle. This narrowing of these arteries, or atherosclerosis, is caused by deposits of calcified fatty materials that develop over many years.
Certain physical characteristics and lifestyle activities make these heart blockages more likely.
Understand Your Risk Factors
Unfortunately, there are a few factors you can’t do much about. These include a family history of coronary heart disease, aging and female menopause. But don’t worry — many of these risk factors can be dramatically improved or even eliminated.
Here are some risk factors you CAN do something about:
- Tobacco smoking, which doubles your risk of a heart attack.
- Obesity. It’s disastrous for your health, and puts an added burden on your heart.
- High blood pressure. This can be caused by smoking, obesity, stress, inflammatory foods or a sedentary lifestyle.
- Diabetes is chronic high blood sugar, which damages small blood vessels and the coronary arteries.
- Cholesterol. You should be worried if your total cholesterol is above 200, your “bad” cholesterol is above 100 or your “good” cholesterol is below 45.
- Inflammation. More important than your cholesterol levels because inflammation causes dangerous plaque to stick to your arteries.
- Lack of physical activity or exercise. Exercise helps you prevent heart disease and heart attack.
- Stress, anger and depression. Hostility is the “Achilles’ heel” of the heart, which is also negatively affected by stress and frustration.
- High homocysteine levels create “sticky” blood and cause free radical damage inside your arteries.
The more you improve these conditions, the more you protect yourself from a heart attack. And there’s another way to assess your risk category for a heart disaster.
Get Your Blood Work Done
There are certain heart markers in your blood that can tell you if your arteries are already hardening. If your doctor finds the following in your blood results, you should take serious preventive action now:
- High fibrinogen, which means your blood could be clotting too much.
- High C-reactive protein, which means acute inflammation is occurring somewhere in your body, perhaps inside your blood vessels.
- High glucose, which can cause a heart attack indirectly by the weakening of blood vessels, a well-known phenomenon of long-standing diabetes.
- High insulin, which occurs with Type 2 diabetes.
- High iron, which indicates problems with your liver.
- High triglycerides, which are tied to high insulin levels and high sugar intake over time. It’s also one of the markers of early metabolic syndrome (see below).
- Low testosterone, which is a marker of losing youth hormones through aging.
- Metabolic syndrome. It’s estimated one in four people over 30 already have this syndrome, which is characterized primarily by high insulin levels.
Many internal factors can affect your heart negatively. But that’s not all you need to consider. .
Avoid Toxins and Pollutants
You’re constantly exposed to toxic substances… They all put stress on your heart, but just knowing about them can help reduce your risk.
Here are some “outside influences” you should definitely be aware of:
- Radiation exposure can make “bad” cholesterol stick to your vessel walls.
- Chronic heavy metal exposure. The metals mercury and antimony are found in fresh water and farm-raised fish.
- Electromagnetic Frequencies (EMFs). Cell phones, televisions, microwave ovens and even hair dryers emit low intensity EMFs, which could damage human cells.
- Pesticides and insecticides. Household, garden and farm insecticides can be highly toxic to both animals and humans.
- Hormones and antibiotics. These are routinely used to maximize livestock growth and increase profitability.
- Prescription medications. The statin drugs used to lower heart attack risk and lower cholesterol or high blood pressure medications can weaken your heart.
And as if this weren’t bad enough, Americans insist on eating foods that destroy our overall health, including our heart muscle. It makes the chance of a heart attack even greater!
The Real Secret is Prevention
But as you probably know already, mainstream medicine can make it difficult to focus on prevention. Traditional doctors are often more interested in just treating the symptoms, which can make your health even worse. The well-known article found online called Death by Medicine, by Gary Null, Ph.D.; Carolyn Dean M.D., N.D.; Martin Feldman, M.D.; Debora Rasio, M.D.; and Dorothy Smith, Ph.D. describes just how “out of whack” the medical establishment has become:
“U.S. health care spending reached $1.6 trillion in 2003, representing 14% of the nation’s gross national product. Considering this enormous expenditure, we should have the best medicine in the world. We should be preventing and reversing disease, and doing minimal harm. Careful and objective review, however, this shows we are doing the opposite.”
The bottom line is you can’t count on mainstream medicine to take care of you. You should always increase your own knowledge of prevention — and take responsibility for your own health. And here at Easy Health Options™, we’re committed to helping you every single step of the way!
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Michael Cutler M.D.
Medical Advisor, Easy Health Options™