Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors

Our No. 1 killer deserves a little more attention than most Americans are willing to give. For instance:

¨      In 1994, Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) was responsible for 41.8% of all deaths in the U.S.

¨      More than 80% of people with Diabetes die of some form of Cardiovascular Disease.

¨      If your parents have Cardiovascular Disease, you are more likely to develop it.

¨      Men under age 65 are nearly 2.5 times more likely to have CVD than women in that age group.

¨      Recent studies have shown that people infected with bacteria that cause gum disease, like Gingivitis, are at about double the risk of having CVD.

Cardiovascular killers: Heart attacks and Strokes

Heart Attacks:

Myocardial infarction, or heart attack, is the interruption of the blood flowing to the heart. It is the single leading cause of death in America, killing 500,000 each year.

These basic scenarios can cause an attack:

ü      The most common cause is blockage of one of the arteries, supplying the heart with oxygen.

ü      Arteries may become narrow with plaque and then become blocked- a condition known as atherosclerosis.

ü      Due to free-radical activity in the body, damage occurs to the walls of the blood vessels. Cholesterol and other deposits cover up the damage in an effort to repair. Blood clots stick to plaque and can cut off the flow of blood or detach and travel through the blood vessels. If a clot blocks a coronary artery completely, a heart attack occurs.

ü      Other causes of heart attack include thyroid problems, (the thyroid controls lipid metabolism, digestion, heartbeat etc.) arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat, caused by lack of Magnesium and/or Potassium) and aneurysms (weak spots in arteries that balloon, and are caused by mineral deficiencies).

People at high risk of heart attacks include those with a family history of heart disease; smokers; drug users; diabetics; people with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and /or triglyceride levels; sedentary people and those with type A personalities. People taking Calcium-, or Beta-Blockers have increased risks of heart-attacks (PDR).

Hard facts:

¨      Every year Americans have 1.5 million heart attacks.

¨      One-third of all heart attacks occur without prior warning.

¨      Half of all heart attacks happen to people with “normal” LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.

¨      Roughly 25 percent of people who have heart attacks have no previous symptoms of heart trouble.

¨      Half of all heart attack fatalities occur within one hour of the onset of symptoms and before victims reach a hospital.

¨      Almost half (45 percent) of all heart attacks occur in people younger than age 65.

Prevention is the Key:

·        Oral Chelation is a natural method of cleaning out the arteries to remove plaque and  increase circulation. Mega Chel with additional minerals is one way to do this. Another way is to combine Omega 3, Lecithin and LOCLO.

·        Chinese Red Rice Extract (that has been tested for citrinnin toxicity) naturally lowers cholesterol better than most drugs on the market, without the risk of the liver damage. It also helps to remove plaque from the arteries.

·        Cardio Assurance is a wonderful preventative to take for cardiovascular health.

·        Blood PressureX is a natural product to help you have a healthy blood pressure level.

·        Eat at least five servings daily of fresh produce to increase fiber intake.

·        Increase your intake of good fats, like Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Grapeseed oil, and Flaxseed oil.

·        Drink half of your body weight in good clean water and make sure your kidneys are functioning at their best.

·        Exercise or walk several times a week.

Strokes:

While strokes occur less frequently than heart attacks, they are still the third-largest cause of death in the U.S. behind heart attacks and all forms of cancer. Strokes are also the leading cause of serious long-term disability.

There are two types of strokes:

·        Clot strokes

·        Bleeding strokes

A clot stroke occurs when blood, flowing to the brain, is blocked by either a stationary or a traveling clot. A bleeding stroke (or cerebral hemorrhage) occurs when a weakened blood vessel in the brain leaks or ruptures. The subsequent bleeding causes pressure on the brain and can kill brain tissue and inhibit normal circulation.

STROKE FACTS:

¨      Americans have 500,000 strokes each year.

¨      About 31 percent of stroke victims die within one year of their initial stroke.

¨      Twenty -eight percent of stroke victims die within one year of their initial stroke.

¨      Twenty-eight percent of stroke sufferers are under age 65.

¨      For people over age 55, the incidence of stroke more than doubles in each successive decade.

Know the warning signs of a stroke:

Ø      Sudden weakness or numbness of the face arm or leg on one side of the body.

Ø      Sudden dimness or loss of vision, particularly in one eye.

Ø      Loss of speech, or trouble talking or understanding speech.

Ø      Sudden, severe headache with no apparent cause.

Ø      Unexplained dizziness, unsteadiness or sudden falls, especially with any of the previous symptoms.

What can I do?

You can do several things to reduce the risk of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD).

1.      Stop smoking. This is the single most effective measure any smoker can take to help prevent CVD.

2.      Monitor and lower your blood pressure with a combination of Garlic, Capsicum, Parsley and Magnesium or a Blood PressureX and take Cardio Assurance for a healthy cardiovascular system.

3.      Lower your serum cholesterol. Arteriosclerosis (clogging of the arteries) is almost nonexistent in people whose total blood cholesterol is 160 mg/dl or less. Use Mega Chel (oral chelation) and Chinese Red Rice (not containing citrinnin).

4.  Strengthen the heart with Hawthorn Berry and Coq-10 Plus.

4.      Learn how to effectively deal with stress and strengthen you nervous system with high quality supplements like Nutricalm, a combination of herbs and vitamins.

5.      If you are obese (20% over your healthy bodyweight), loose weight healthfully without caffeine (Guarana or Kola Nut), so you don’t put it back on and keep your heart healthy.

6.      Exercise, to improve circulation and oxygenation of the tissues.

7.    Prevent Type 2 Diabetes by eating fiber-rich foods and avoid simple sugars, sodas and other diuretics, especially those with artificial sweeteners.

8.      When taking Vitamin E, make sure it includes Selenium, and the source is d-alpha and not dl-alpha which is a synthetic by-product of Kodak film processing. Nature’s Sunshine’s vitamin E has mixed tocopherols!