Did you know that on average every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a Heart Attack?
Personally, I have a family history of heart disease on both my mom and my dad’s side, so the topic of preventing heart disease and maintaining overall great health is something I take very seriously.
Our Grandpa Bob had his first heart attack at age 47 in 1985, and it was this incident that sent him searching for an all-natural remedy for his Blood Pressure, Atherosclerosis, and Cardiovascular Support.
It took him over 10 years of trial and error, but eventually he found OPCs.
Unfortunately, Heart Disease is the #1 killer in the US, causing roughly 1 in 4 deaths.
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) also called coronary heart disease, or ischemic heart disease, is the most common type of heart disease in the United States.
Risk Factors for CAD Include
- High Blood Pressure
- High Blood Cholesterol
Other medical conditions such as diabetes, being overweight or obese, unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, and excessive alcohol consumption can also put you at a higher risk for heart disease.
A family history of heart disease also increases your risk for CAD.
Coronary Artery Disease is caused by plaque building up in the walls of the coronary arteries, whose job it is to supply blood to the heart and the rest of the body. This plaque build up causes the arteries to narrow over time, which partially or completely blocks the blood flow, a process known as atherosclerosis.
CAD is the most common cause of a heart attack.
A heart attack, also called a myocardial infarction (MI), happens when a part of the heart doesn’t get enough blood (due to the plaque build up).
Symptoms of A Heart Attack
- Chest Pain or Discomfort
- Feeling weak, light headed, or faint
- Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck or back
- Pain or discomfort in one of both arms or shoulders
- Shortness of breath
Some of the more common symptoms associated in women are nausea, vomiting and fatigue.
**If you notice the symptoms of a heart attack in yourself or someone else you should immediately call 911.**
The sooner you can get treatment, the sooner you can reduce the amount of damage done to your heart
Ways to Support Your Heart Health
- Know Your Blood Pressure
- Quit Smoking
- Discuss Checking Your Blood Cholesterol and Triglycerides with your Doctor
- Make Healthy Food Choices
- Limit Alcohol Intake
- Manage Stress Levels
- Keep a Healthy Weight
- Get Regular Physical Activity
- Support Heart Health with OPCs
So what can we do right now to focus on protecting our Hearts?
3 Commitments to Support Your Heart TODAY
1. Commitment to FOOD
I am very conscious about the foods I am putting in my body. Food should be fuel that makes you feel good!
If you are looking to try and eat healthier and lose weight an easy place to start is to CUT THE SUGAR! Try swapping out soda (even the diet ones) for a flavored seltzer or water.
When reading labels at the store look for foods without sugar in the ingredient list! Some foods will contain naturally occurring sugars, it's when it's ADDED that you want to avoid it.
What commitment can you make right now to improve the quality of the foods you are eating?
2. Commitment to ACTIVITY
The second best thing you can do for your body is MOVE! Our bodies were made to move. Exercise has been shown to help with blood pressure, cholesterol, and managing your stress levels.
Exercise doesn't have to be “go to the gym and do the elliptical” (sure you can do that if you like it) but there are SO many ways to move your body like going for a walk with a friend, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, taking a yoga class, lifting weights, gardening, even playing outside with the kids or grandkids!
In my mind the way to keep my heart healthy, is to keep myself healthy - both mentally and physically.
What commitment can you make right now to improving the quantity or quality of your activity?
3. Commitment to OPCs
Free Radicals help to create the bad type of cholesterol in our bodies, which has a negative impact on our vascular and cardiovascular health.
OPCs support our heart health by scavenging and balancing the Free Radicals in our body, and by acting as a natural blood thinner.
OPCs also help the body to regulate disturbances in blood flow which is especially helpful in cases of High Blood Pressure.
Lastly, OPCs support tougher, thicker, more tightly knit blood vessel walls that are less apt to stretch, leak or burst and promote healthy red blood cells and normal blood flow through our arteries.
What can you do right now to ensure your commitment to being even more consistent with OPCs?
Heart Disease is the type of thing no one wants to be reactive to, but unfortunately that’s the way it goes most of the time.
Maybe you are already on top of your heart health, but I’m sure all of us know a friend or family member or someone we care about who could use a nudge in the right direction. You can share your love by sharing this article with one person who needs to read it.
So my challenge to you is to just make even one small change today to be even more proactive in managing your heart health. Maybe that’s a change in diet, maybe that’s a change in exercise, or maybe that’s a commitment to being even more consistent with your OPCs.
Best of Health,
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