Heart disease has been the number-one killer of Americans for years—and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change any time soon. According to the CDC, 610,000 die of heart disease and 735,000 suffer a heart attack annually. While you can’t do much about family history or your age (two big heart health risk factors), there are three things you can do to dramatically lower your risk of heart disease…and they’re easier than you think.
Your blood is like your body’s running scoreboard. On that scoreboard is a list of statistics about your body’s health and vitality. And a simple blood test can be an effective way to stay on top of your heart health game. However, if you’re not a doctor, the results aren’t always easy to understand. And that’s a problem when those scores and statistics are essential to your present and future health. So here are a few insights on what those tests mean, how to read them and what you can do to keep your results in the healthy range.
Recent research has pulled away the curtain on a little-appreciated group of cells that line the inside of your heart, veins and arteries—they’re called endothelial cells. These cells are largely responsible for raising and lowering your blood pressure as needed. So, if they’re damaged, it can really wreak havoc on blood pressure levels. Exercise is one of the best ways to protect your endothelial cells, but exciting research shows that this golden nutrient is just as effective as exercise!
A big claim, no? Well, February is National Heart Month, an annual event put on by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). It’s a great time for brushing up on your heart health knowledge, making any necessary changes in your own approach to heart health while sharing information on America’s leading cause of death. […]
January is National Blood Donor Month, which has been observed since 1970 with the goal of increasing blood donations in the winter—a time of year when blood supply dwindles significantly due to holiday travel, seasonal illness, and inclement weather. While you may know that each pint you give can save the lives of up to three people…did you know that donating blood comes with a ton of benefits to you the donor as well? It’s true. Read on and learn why.
There’s a heart-helping fruit that goes far beyond the heart health benefits of any fruit I’ve ever written about. This unassuming berry looks a bit like a large green grape, but don’t let its small size fool you. This amazing heart health panacea offers everything your heart will ever need for optimal cholesterol, circulation, blood sugar and more.
Not too long ago, I wrote that a growing body of research prompted the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) to revise its recommendations for daily, low-dose aspirin use. Well, a new study further warns about the dangers of daily aspirin—especially for people over the age of 70. The good news is, I’ve identified several natural ways to get all of the same benefits without any of the risks…no matter how old you are. Read on.