Posted on 02-16-2011
Being Heart Smart is important.
You should be aware of
the different types of heart disease and the risk indicators.
While cholesterol levels
are important, we now know that these levels are not completely influenced by
the foods we eat. Greater influences are family history and
Other areas to examine
- High Blood Pressure
("Hypertension") - One third of all adults have high blood
pressure. Normal blood pressure is 120/80 mm Hg. High Blood
Pressure puts a tremendous strain on the heart. Even a slight
decrease in blood pressure can reduce cardiovascular risks by 10 percent.
- Inflammation - Chronic or low-level
inflammation can lead to atherosclerosis, or the build up to plaque in the
inner lining of the arteries.
- Homocysteine is an amino acid found in your
blood - A high level or too much homocysteine may increase your risk to
- Insulin resistance - A pre-diabetic
condition with the increase of glucose or sugar level in the blood.
- These factors may show no symptoms or
warning signs, which is why it's so important to have regular health
screenings. The good news is that much of this can be controlled
through diet and exercise - and by limiting your intake of alcohol, sugar
and unhealthy fats.
Remember the Ultimate Reward
A Longer Healthier Life!