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The road to good health is just a click away!

The road to good health is just a click away! Learn how to prevent heart disease and stroke as you travel on the Heart Highway. Each stop on your journey will provide you with helpful information about nutrition, physical activity, and other prevention tactics. Learn how to read the road signs (risk factors) for early detection of cardiovascular disease. Prepare yourself and your family for the road trip through life. This web site will help you pave the way.

To ‘cruise’ the Heart Highway, click on blog in the top menu. Stop at any of the locations to learn more about heart health. If your destination takes you to the old hospital in Park City, you will be equipped with information on the prevention of heart disease and stroke. Take the road to the recreation center for helpful hints on physical activity.

If you steer towards the restaurant you must have an appetite for ideas on diet and nutrition. You might want to stop at the newsstand for the latest news and information from the State of Utah and around the world. The old school house in Spring City will send you in the direction of information on the Gold Medal School program and teacher and student resources.

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Cholesterol Does Not Predict Stroke Risk in Women

Cholesterol and other lipids (fats), attached to proteins, form globules that circulate in our blood stream. As a graduate student, I studied the proteins in these fat globules to elucidate their role in disease. One of these globules, LDL (low density lipoprotein) and total cholesterol are routinely measured to predict stroke risk.

But a new study suggests that neither high levels of total cholesterol or LDL are predictive of stroke risk in postmenopausal women, whereas triglycerides, a relatively ignored measurement, are highly predictive.

What are triglycerides?

Triglycerides are the main fats stored in our bodies. If you are overweight, your belly or hips are loaded with triglycerides. When we eat food, the large fat molecules are broken down in our gut into triglycerides. Any excess food, such as carbohydrates, is also chemically converted by our bodies to triglycerides. Chemically, triglycerides are made up of three molecular chains of fatty acids, attached to a “head”, a glycerol molecule.

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Triglycerides clump together and travel to the liver, where they are packaged into lipoprotein globules. The lipoprotein globule, called VLDL (very low density lipoprotein) contains about 90 percent triglycerides, while LDL, the bad cholesterol, only contains about 10 percent triglycerides. After eating dietary fat, the gut produces fat globules, called chylomicrons, that are almost 100 percent triglycerides.

Stroke risk

About 800,000 people in the United States suffer a stroke annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although stroke risk increases with age, about 25 percent of strokes occur in people under 65 years of age. Most strokes (about 87 percent) are caused by a blood clot, according to the CDC. The blood clot clogs an artery in the brain, causing a “brain attack”. The stroke risk for women increases dramatically after menopause.

Study: triglycerides vs. cholesterol

Researchers looked at 972 women, who experienced a stroke during the 15-year long Women Health Initiative (WHI) study. They compared the data from the blood tests of these women to those of another 972 women in the WHI study, who never had a stroke. The study found no linkage between high levels of total cholesterol and LDL, the bad cholesterol, and stroke, but instead found that high triglyceride levels at the beginning of the study were predictive of stroke risk in postmenopausal women.

The belief that high LDL (the bad cholesterol) is predictive of stroke risk may be due to the fact that people with high triglyceride levels, also often have high LDL levels. It is not known yet if triglycerides also are a risk factor for premenopausal women or men.

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Why do statins reduce stroke?

Statins reduce death and the incidence of heart disease and stroke. Statins inhibit an enzyme in the body that makes cholesterol, but statins also have anti-inflammatory effects. The Jupiter trial, run by researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, showed that statins also reduced C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation. With statins now widely used, more side effects emerge. Women may be especially susceptible to muscle weakness caused by statins.

How to reduce triglycerides

A major way to reduce triglycerides and stroke risk is to change your lifestyle. Reducing your weight, moderate exercise or physical activity and a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and reduced amounts of saturated and trans fats go a long way toward reducing triglycerides in your body. Omega-3s in food or supplements and niacin and fibrate medication may also help to lower triglycerides.

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Natural Products Expo West Full of Goodness

What if nearly ever booth at Comic-Con gave away a free comic book or other piece of cool swag? And what if it was nothing but food that you’d also feel good about eating?

Well, you would get the Natural Products Expo West, held at the Anaheim Convention Center March 7-10, 2013.

My first time at the mega show, I was instantly amazed by the expanse of the show. Shows that I’ve been to at the Anaheim Convention Center haven’t used the entire acreage, adjoining hotels, and outdoor areas. During the OC Auto Show and the upcoming WonderCon, other unrelated events are occurring at the same time. Even D23 Expo 2011 didn’t utilize all the real estate available.

As the attendee walked toward the convention center, a flurry of outdoor pavilions offered free product samples. Many were not the skimpy bite-size samples that dissolve the instant it hits one’s tongue. Companies were putting their best foot forward so even before stepping inside, stomachs were getting filled with Naked Juice and Go Raw.

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In the lobby of the convention center, one couldn’t walk very far before coming upon a table or pop tent offering food. French’s Mustard debuted its Natural Truth mustard just outside registration while Odwalla and Natural Factors Nutritional Products offered free samples of PGX. I overheard several attendees plan to return to the bowl at regular intervals to stock up on their supply.

While there were clear signs stating that the show limits attendees to one bag of samples to take home, there was no one enforcing the rule. And with over 2400 exhibitors, stomachs would be engorged after several hours. There were actually pavilions that encouraged attendees to spend a significant amount of time in their space to learn about their multitude of different products, and some companies even served a full lunch.

Some attendees set up a camp in front of booths, tasting away. Daiya was a popular pavilion especially for those frozen pizzas which are sans gluten, soy, and dairy. But they were anything but delicious free.

The exhibitor floor was a daunting, but oh-so pleasurable paradise for those abstaining from an allergen. Those who were gluten-intolerant were met with bars, baked goods, pasta, sauces, breads, and snacks that were certified gluten free. For those who have gone on so long without, to have that many choices brought on a deep emotional gratitude.

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After much snacking, I had to cease stuffing things in my mouth and concentrate on booths that had take-home samples. Because nearly every booth had health bars of some iteration, one’s mouth tended to get very dry in sampling them.

And even though there are plenty of beverages, there were very few companies offering drinks not imbued with vitamins or nutrients like probiotics. This, and the possibility of some gluten free items not being entirely gluten free or being cross contaminated in the demonstration process, led me to spend a lot of time in the restroom.

Exhibitors without the time to navigate the exhibition floor frequented the concession stand which sold pricey food that was not very analogous to the expo’s focus. Stamina is an issue, no matter if the samples turn the stomach the wrong way or not. Even though sustenance was available, albeit in small portions, another booth’s offerings quickly grabbed one’s attention.

How can one turn down Non GMO, gluten free, dairy free, egg free, casein free, nut free chocolate chip cookies specked with nutrients that help hangovers? But oh wait, there’s Grass Fed beef, and it’s right beside smoked fish.

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Spoiled by all the events at the LA Convention Center, the jaunt to Anaheim wasn’t too much of a hassle. The show offered free parking at Anaheim Stadium with transportation to the show on Disneyland shuttles. It was disappointing that it was further away from me as I discovered I completely missed several venues including the Hot Products Pavilion and the Fresh Ideas Marketplace which was in a tent at the adjoining Marriot. Free breakfasts and nighttime parties complemented conference sessions, tours, award ceremonies, and networking events.

With a full plate of events and food offerings, a day was not enough to enjoy oneself. The Natural Products Expo West is definitely worth spending more time at.

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High Cholesterol? 5 Foods to Eat and 5 to Avoid

As a health advocate, I’m careful to watch my diet to prevent increases in my cholesterol. High cholesterol levels are among the leading risk factors for serious forms of heart disease, but they’re something millions of Americans live with. Treatments for high cholesterol and its consequences form an expansive industry of pharmaceutical drugs including statins, bile-acid-binding resins, and cholesterol absorption inhibitors.

While these drugs arguably have their place, a healthy diet is absolutely necessary for both preventing and treating high cholesterol–and that’s why I’m careful about what I put into my body.
Here are the foods I eat to keep my cholesterol in check — and the foods I avoid like the plague.

Eat These

1.Whole-Grain Pasta

Whole-wheat pasta is my favorite way to improve my heart health, because it is so affordable and delicious. Pasta also combines easily with other heart-healthy foods, like olive oil and vegetables.

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2.Wild Alaskan Salmon

The American Heart Association recommends a diet rich in wild Alaskan salmon, sardines, anchovy, mackerel and herring. Omega-3 fats in these fish reduce triglycerides and the overall risk of heart disease. I’m specifically a fan of Alaskan salmon because it is abundant and sustainable.

3.Beans

Beans, they’re good for your heart! Beans can help to reduce your cholesterol levels, and they’re a healthier source of protein than red meat. Since I’m predominantly vegetarian, beans — especially soy — are my primary protein source.

4.Fruits and Vegetables

You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again: fruits and vegetables are the backbone of a heart-healthy diet. Antioxidant compounds in fruits and veggies can prevent oxidation, or molecular damage, to deposits of LDL cholesterol, making complications like heart attack less likely.

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5.Olive Oil

I eat olive oil like I’m Mediterranean — meaning it goes on virtually everything I eat, in copious amounts. Along with canola and peanut oil, olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats, which can reduce LDL cholesterol and the risk of heart disease. Use olive oil as your primary source of dietary fat.

Avoid These

1.Dairy Products

I tend to shy away from full-fat dairy products on general principle. Eat only low-fat dairy products if you have high cholesterol. Full-fat dairy products are among the most concentrated sources of dietary cholesterol and saturated fat, both of which increase LDL cholesterol.

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2.Eggs

Eggs have a bad reputation for contributing to high cholesterol, but the American Heart Association contends that one or two eggs per week can be part of a heart-healthy diet. Eat no more than this amount, though, to avoid jumps in your LDL cholesterol. I personally try to eat eggs no more than a few times per month.

3.Red Meat

I don’t eat red meat, largely because I want to avoid the risk of heart disease associated with it. Red meat can arguably be included in a healthy, balanced diet, but you should be eating it no more than once per week to keep your cholesterol in check. Avoid organ meats entirely, since they contain massive amounts of dietary cholesterol.

4.Trans Fats

Found in hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oil, trans fats both increase LDL (“bad”) cholesterol while reducing HDL (“good”) cholesterol. Steer clear of any food that contains hydrogenated oil in any amount, even if the label claims it is free of trans fat — this label only means that it contains less than .5 grams per serving.

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5.Alcohol

A little alcohol here and there may boost your HDL, or “good” cholesterol, but too much alcohol can be seriously detrimental to your health. Drink no more than 7-10 drinks per week, and no more than three drinks per occasion, to maintain your general health.

High cholesterol is not a death sentence, but it is a sign that you need to take steps to preserve your health and well-being — up to and including changes in your dietary habits. By altering your diet and abiding by your health care provider’s guidelines, you can help to prevent this condition from turning into something more serious.

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Best Natural Cholesterol Lowering Supplements

Sometimes we forget that we need to actively take care of our life if we wish to live a fulfilling and long one. As the saying goes, we’re here today and gone tomorrow. Not all potential hazards are instantly visible, so we must watch out for the silent killers – such as cholesterol. In this article, you will find out what cholesterol is, how to prevent it and what the best natural cholesterol-lowering supplements for men are. If you are ready to take control of your heart’s health in your own two hands, then keep reading!

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a thick, waxy substance that helps your body make hormones and vitamin D, digest food, and build cells. It can be found in our whole body. Therefore, our body needs cholesterol to function properly. However, too much cholesterol can cause serious health issues.

There are two types of cholesterol. LDL (low-density lipoprotein) is the ”bad” kind which can cause a series of health issues. HDL (high-density lipoprotein) is the ”good” kind that transports the excess cholesterol to the liver.

What are the causes of high cholesterol in men?

It is possible to inherit high cholesterol. However, it is not the sole cause. If you have problems with high cholesterol, chances are that an unhealthy lifestyle created them, or at least helped amplify the issue. This means that eating unhealthy food that contains a lot of bad fats, eating a lot of processed food, smoking, and not getting enough physical activity can all endanger your health and put you at risk. Some other factors can increase the chances of you getting high cholesterol, too – weight, age, and even race, for example.

High cholesterol risks in men

 If you have too much cholesterol in your body, it will accumulate in your blood vessels as a buildup of plaque, also known as atherosclerosis. This decreases the amount of blood that can pass through, and can cause arteries to get blocked completely. This can lead to a heart attack or a stroke. You can also experience chest pain (angina).

How to lower cholesterol the natural way?

The best thing you can do to lower cholesterol the natural way is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. First of all, make sure you maintain a healthy diet. This means that you shouldn’t eat food that contains a lot of salt, simple sugars, and trans or saturated fats. Eat some fruit, vegetables, whole grains, tuna, salmon, or tofu instead.

Second, if you are a smoker, consider quitting it for good. Other than being a general health hazard both to you and your environment, it also lowers your HDL (‘’good cholesterol’’). Limit your alcohol consumption as well, or ideally, cut it out completely.

Third of all, exercise and maintain a healthy weight. It is generally good for your heart, but it will also raise your HDL and lower triglycerides.  Less weight also means less workload for your heart and arteries, which is always a good step to improve your heart’s condition. You should also consider taking up meditation or any other exercise that could help you lower your stress levels because that can affect your cholesterol, too.

Finally, don’t forget to consult your doctor. You might need medicine to lower your cholesterol, and the doctor might have some good tips for you.

Best cholesterol lowering supplements    

You may wish to make sure that your cholesterol is how it’s supposed to be, without using any prescription drugs. That is why we will now inform you of what the best natural cholesterol-lowering supplements for men are.

1. HFL – CholesLo

 CholesLo is a five-in-one product from HFL. It helps you lower your cholesterol and improve lipid levels naturally – this means that it contains no harmful drugs. It is also effective, easy and safe to use.

The goal of CholesLo is to not only lower your cholesterol levels but to promote complete lipid health and balance. This means that it has 5 functions: to keep your cholesterol in a healthy range, to give you an optimal range between your LDL and HDL, to lower fatty triglycerides, to decrease Homocysteine levels and to cleanse and repair your liver. Next to these benefits, it also helps reduce inflammation, which can also cause a heart attack or a stroke.

The benefit of taking this supplement is that it’s natural and not a prescription drug. The other benefit is that it helps you improve your cholesterol levels without you having to make very drastic lifestyle changes. The third benefit is that you will see the results in just a few days – this means that you won’t have to take it for an extended period and be left wondering whether it works or not.

CholesLo is made out of clinically researched and scientifically proven ingredients. It is doctor-formulated and medically endorsed, organic, natural, gluten-free, vegan and non-GMO.

HFL offers a refund to their customers – if the product doesn’t work for you, they will fully refund you and give you an additional $100.00 to boot! Finally, as far as the dosage goes, HFL recommends that you start with a lower dosage – 1 to 2 capsules at a time – and increase the dosage to the recommended one if your body responds positively.

A bottle of CholesLo contains 80 capsules, which is roughly a one-month supply. Pregnant, lactating women, women trying to conceive, people who are under 18, or people who are taking medications should consult their doctor before taking this (or any other) supplement.

2. Nature Made – CholestOff Original

CholestOff is a product made with a blend of plant sterols and stanols which lower LDL by reducing the absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream. It is made only with the supplements you need, which means that it doesn’t contain any added artificial ingredients or fillers. The effects and benefits of the product are scientifically researched to prove that they truly benefit you and are safe to use. Finally, Nature Made’s products are made to precisely fit your needs and your lifestyle.

One bottle contains 120 caplets, which is a one-month supply. Adults should take 2 caplets with water at their two largest meals (so 4 caplets total per day). If you are pregnant, nursing, or currently taking any medications, you should consult your physician before using this product.

3. The Genius Brand – Genius Heart

This supplement is an all-in-one solution that benefits men and women of all ages. It can help you counter high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or you can simply take it to boost your general health. Because the heart and the brain are directly connected, this product will boost your mental clarity as well – it will improve your memory, help you fight dementia and reduce brain fog.

Genius Heart contains Pantesin Panthetine which supports healthy cholesterol levels. It is a natural cholesterol-lowering product. Its key ingredient is the all-natural grape seed extract, which also boosts circulation. 

The bottle of this product contains 60 veggie capsules, which is a one-month supply.

4. Now Foods – Cholesterol Pro

  Cholesterol Pro is a supplement that helps you maintain healthy cholesterol levels. This means that you should consider using this product if your cholesterol levels are already within the normal range. It contains Bergamonte and plant sterols which can help support cardiovascular health, proper blood sugar management, and healthy cholesterol levels.

This product is soy-free, non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, halal and kosher. It comes in packs of 60 tablets and 120 tablets. You should take 2 tablets daily with food. It is for adults only.

5. BRI Nutrition – Garlic Extra Strength

This is a supplement whose main ingredient is garlic. Garlic is an effective agent that can help counter cardiovascular issues (high blood pressure, cholesterol, heart attack prevention), that aids the immune system, circulation, digestion, and cleanses your body. Allicin is its most useful active compound. The product is an odorless, easy-to-swallow soft gel pill that promotes heart and cardiovascular health, helps you maintain normal cholesterol levels and provides detox abilities. It also contains parsley seed to refresh your breath!

 You are advised to take 1 serving daily, with water and a meal. The product comes in packs of 60, 120, and 240 soft gel pills.

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What are the benefits of cholesterol supplements?

Cholesterol supplements are easy to take and contain multiple ingredients that are often hard to come by otherwise. Sometimes, these ingredients are concentrated as well, meaning that taking the supplement is more potent than eating the raw ingredient by itself. Finally, supplements can often boost your overall health and even have other positive side effects, like mental clarity.

Which ingredients should I look for?

There are many different products out there and each of them has a unique formula. The most commonly used ingredients are niacin, L-carnitine, plant sterols, plant stanols, and flaxseed.

Do cholesterol supplements cause any side effects?

Cholesterol supplements are non-prescription products that are very diverse. We advise you to check the ingredients’ list of the product you plan on using to make sure that you aren’t allergic to any of the ingredients. Finally, it is always good to consult your doctor, especially if you’re pregnant, nursing, or taking other medications.

Conclusion

Cholesterol issues are a serious matter and you shouldn’t take them lightly. If you want to ensure that your heart and veins are healthy, make sure to eat well, exercise regularly, and boost your heart with a supplement. Remember, healthy people have many wishes and desires, but the sick have only one: to be healthy again. Take good care of yourself, and you’re on your way to living a happy and long life.



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What You Need to Know About Dietary Supplements

Supplements are marketed to help prevent or cure a wide range of medical problems, but if you are healthy and eat a varied diet, are they really necessary?

Dietary supplements (like Instant Knockout fat burner) claim to provide a natural means of enhancing health and have become increasingly popular, for example, more than half of Americans use some sort of supplement. The most common types are vitamins and minerals, but herbal/botanical products, protein extracts, enzymes and various other substances are all now widely available in a variety of forms from tablets, capsules and powders to energy bars and drinks.

Supplements can be useful if you take them wisely and carefully follow the manufacturers” guidelines on the labels. For example, taking a multi-vitamin during a hectic period may, in the short term, be beneficial. However most healthy professionals would advocate a healthy, varied diet and ask you to remember that supplements won’t compensate if you eat badly and don’t exercise.

Some supplements can pose unexpected risks in certain circumstances; for example, a few vitamins and minerals are actually toxic at high doses.

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A new European Directive on Food Supplements due shortly is likely to set limits for the maximum amounts of vitamins and minerals in supplements to ensure that the normal use of these products under the instructions provided by the manufacturer will be safe for you to consume.

Many supplements contain other ingredients that can have strong effects on the body and could lead to harm if used with some medication.

You should always check with a health practitioner before taking and supplement, if combining with or substituting for other foods or prescribed medicine.

Supplements can be used to ensure that you meet your daily nutritional requirements. They can have proven health benefits; for example, it is well known that folic acid taken by pregnant women prior to and during the first three months of pregnancy can help to prevent birth defects.

Other supplements can compensate for variations in the amounts of nutrients in foods and their ability to be absorbed and utilized; interactions with other components in food can reduce absorption. Supplements also help with some health problems, such as arthritis and PMS.

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Don’t make the mistake of thinking supplements offer a ‘quick fix’; they can’t replace a healthy diet and lifestyle. They don’t always live up to their marketing claims and aren’t subject to the same rigorous standards as over-the-counter drugs; just because supplements are ‘natural’ doesn’t mean they are always safe. Your body only stores a limited amount of vitamins and some compete with each other in the gut. A high intake of one can lead to a deficiency of another.

Supplements can encourage people to self-diagnose health conditions. You should always check with your GP that any symptoms are not associated with an underlying condition that may other wise go undiagnosed. Finally, supplements are least likely to be taken by the people who need them.

It can be recommended that children take supplement drops containing vitamins A, C and D from six months until at least two years of age. Women planning a baby and pregnant women for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy are advised to take a folic acid supplement to reduce the risk of neural tube defects in their babies. Pregnant and breast-feeding women may benefit from extra vitamin D to ensure an adequate intake, while women with high menstrual losses and those with iron deficiency anemia may need iron supplements.

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Supplements are useful for groups of people whose lifestyle or habits lead to nutrient deficiencies. For example, smokers need extra antioxidants, such as vitamin C, E or selenium, because of the damage to body tissues caused by smoking. Other groups of people who may suffer impaired nutrient absorption include those who drink excessive alcohol, those who follow restrictive or faddy diets and people recovering from a recent illness or with suppressed immune systems. The elderly also suffer with impaired absorption. They need vitamins C, B12, folate and zinc.

Athletes often use supplements to improve performance and provide a competitive edge. These include vitamins, mineral supplements, sports drinks, carbohydrate bars and gels, protein powders, drinks, liquid meals and ergogenic acid that aim to boost energy, alertness and body composition.

Protein and amino acid supplements may help to enhance performance by affecting body composition, but generally these are ineffective. Exercise doesn’t dramatically increase requirements and eating a healthy balanced diet should provide all that you need. Often professional body builders and athletes overdose on a cocktail of energy-boosting supplements.

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Stroke: Everything You Should Know

A stroke is often referred to as a “brain attack,” cutting off blood and oxygen to the brain cells that control everything we do, from speaking, to walking, to breathing. Most strokes occur when arteries are blocked by blood clots or by the build-up of plaque and other fatty deposits.

Some strokes are caused when weak spots on the blood vessel wall break and rupture arteries. Brain tissue needs a constant supply of oxygen and nutrients to function correctly. When the tissue is cut off from oxygen during a stroke, the tissue begins to die.

Every year stroke strikes approximately 750,000 Americans – killing 160,000, and forever changing the lives of many who survive. For people over 55, the risk of a stroke is greater than one in six. A stroke can cause permanent disability and even death. In fact, it is the third-leading cause of death in America, and the number one cause of disability.

The good news is that many strokes can be prevented. If you do have a stroke, new treatments may help stop brain damage and disability (if administered within three hours of the first sign of a stroke). Once you recognize the signs, you should call 9-1-1 immediately.

Types of Strokes

  • Hemorrhagic Stroke is the most serious. This type occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures. Hemorrhage can occur in several ways. One common way is a weak spot in an artery wall that stretches or balloons out under pressure and eventually ruptures. It can also occur when the arterial wall breaks open, due to plaque or fatty deposit build-up.
  • Ischemic Stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain becomes blocked, suddenly decreasing or stopping blood flow and causing brain damage. Blood clots are the most common cause of an ischemic stroke. This type of stroke accounts for 80 percent of all strokes.
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), also known as a “mini-stroke,” occurs when the blood flow to part of the brain is cut off for a short period of time, usually less than 15 minutes. A TIA is a warning sign and should be treated seriously. Of the approximately 50,000 Americans that have a TIA each year, about one-third will have a stroke in the near future. So, if you experience the symptoms of a stroke for only a short period of time, then the symptoms go away, you may be having a “mini stroke.” Although a TIA may not leave noticeable damage, it is important to talk to your doctor immediately.

Common signs of a stroke include

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause
  • Sudden confusion or trouble speaking

Learning them – and knowing what to do when they occur – could save your life.

A stroke is a medical emergency. If you experience any of the above signs or symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately. Treatment can be more effective if you receive it early on. Every second counts!

To help prevent stroke follow the ABCs

  • Aspirin: take an aspirin a day. It is very important to talk to your doctor about the correct dosage BEFORE starting.
  • Blood Pressure: Keep your blood pressure under 140/90. See your health care provider and follow his recommendations.
  • Cholesterol: Remind your health care provider to test your cholesterol level and follow their directions.
  • Smoking Cessation: Stop smoking; there are many aids to help you stop smoking. Contact your health care provider for help, or visit www.utahquitnet.com or call Utah Tobacco Quit Line toll-free at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

Risk Factors

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Am I at risk for a stroke? Everyone has some risk for stroke. Many risk factors are preventable or can be controlled but a few stroke risk factors are beyond your control.

Risk factors you cannot change

  • Increasing age: People over age 55 are at greater risk of stroke.
  • Gender: More men than women have strokes in certain age groups, but more women actually die from stroke.
  • Race: African-Americans and Hispanics have a higher risk of death and disability from stroke.
  • Heredity: A family history of stroke can increase your risk. The Family Health History Toolkit is a great resource for collecting your family health history.
  • Previous Stroke: History of a previous stroke may increase stroke risk by up to 10 times.
    Previous episode of Transient Ischemic Attack or TIA (“mini-stroke”).
  • Heart Disease
  • Atrial Fibrillation: An abnormal heart rate or rhythm. This type of irregular heartbeat occurs in 15 percent of all strokes. Learn more about atrial fibrillation and what you can do to decrease your risk.
  • Carotid Artery Disease: The narrowing or blocking of the carotid arteries by cholesterol called plaque. Carotid Artery Disease puts you at an increased risk for stroke because a piece of the plaque can break free and travel to the brain where it blocks a vessel in the brain.

Risk factors you can change

High Blood Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a soft, fat-like substance in your body. Cholesterol comes only from animal products or animal by-products such as beef, chicken, eggs, milk, etc. A high level of cholesterol in the blood (240 mg/dL or higher) is a major risk factor for heart attack and also increases your risk of having a stroke. High levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. People with a low level of HDL cholesterol (<40 mg/dL) have a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. A high LDL level, more than 160 mg/dL (130 mg/dL or above if you have two or more risk factors for heart disease), reflects an increased risk of stroke. That’s why LDL cholesterol is often called “bad” cholesterol.

High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

High blood pressure causes the heart to work harder, putting you at an increased risk for heart attack, stroke, heart failure, kidney, and eye problems. There are no symptoms to identify high blood pressure and therefore many people are unaware that they have it. The only way to detect high blood pressure is to have it checked regularly.

Smoking

Quitting smoking lowers a person’s risk of stroke greatly, even after many years of smoking. Learn more about the impact of smoking on stroke.

Diabetes

Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke. Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder affecting the body’s ability to make or use insulin. Insulin is the hormone that transports glucose (blood sugar) from digested nutrients into the body’s cells for energy and growth. There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. When the body cannot produce insulin, this is called type 1 diabetes. In order to control their blood sugar, the patient must use insulin injections. In type 2 diabetes, the body produces insulin but is unable to process it and/or use it correctly in most cases this may be controlled by diet and exercise. If you are diabetic, following your doctor’s recommendations helps you maintain control and lessens your risk for stroke. Learn more about diabetes.

Physical Inactivity

Physical inactivity increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. You can reduce your risk by doing moderate-intensity physical activity for a total of 2 ½ hours per week.

Obesity

Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Only smoking exceeds obesity in contributing to the total U.S. death rate. The percentage of overweight or obese persons in Utah and the U.S. has increased dramatically over the past 10 years. Adults who are obese are also at a greater risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, respiratory problems, and endometrial, breast, prostate, and colon cancer.

Contributing Factors for Stroke

Researchers continually discover other factors that seem to relate to stroke. The following are a few of these factors:

  • Alcohol
  • Stress

Stroke Treatment and Rehabilitation

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Headache area on brain X-ray, 3D illustration.

Until recently, stroke treatment was restricted to basic life support at the time of the stroke and rehabilitation later. Now, several treatments options are available, and if treated early enough they can help stroke victims avoid death or disability.

Treatment options during a stroke

Medication or Drug Therapy

Medication or drug therapy is the most common treatment for a stroke. The only drug currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat ischemic stroke is a thrombolytic agent called tissue Plasminogen Activator (tPA). This is often referred to as “clot buster” medication. tPA must be given within the first three hours of the first sign of a stroke. This is why it is important to seek medical help immediately!

Mechanical Therapy

Mechanical therapies to remove blood clots and restore flow are a new approach to the treatment of ischemic stroke. The FDA recently cleared the Merci Retriever, a device from Concentric Medical that removes blood clots from patients experiencing an ischemic stroke. The device is navigated into the brain using standard catheterization techniques. A small puncture in the groin is made to introduce the Merci Retriever into an artery leading to the brain. Upon reaching the targeted area, the Merci Retriever is designed to restore blood flow by engaging, capturing, and removing the blood clot.

Preventive treatment

  • Anticoagulants/Antiplatelets – Antiplatelet agents such as aspirin and anticoagulants such as warfarin interfere with the blood’s ability to clot and can play an important role in preventing stroke. Please check with your doctor before starting any medications.
  • Carotid Endarterectomy – A carotid endarterectomy is a surgical removal of plaque (or fatty buildup) from the carotid artery (an artery in the neck). This will help increase blood flow to the brain and prevent strokes.
  • Angioplasty/Stents – Doctors sometimes use a balloon angioplasty and implant steel screens called stents to treat cardiovascular disease. These mechanical devices are used to remove fatty buildup that is clogging the blood vessel.

There are also possible treatments to fix a hemorrhagic stroke. Please consult your physician to learn more.

Rehabilitation after a stroke

Rehabilitation helps stroke survivors relearn skills that are lost when part of the brain is damaged. The types and degrees of disability that follow a stroke depend upon which area of the brain is damaged. Generally, stroke can cause five types of disabilities: Paralysis or problems controlling movement; sensory disturbances including pain; problems using or understanding language; problems with thinking and memory; and emotional disturbances.

For a stroke survivor, the rehabilitation goal is to be as independent and productive as possible. That may mean improving physical abilities. Often old skills have been lost and new ones are needed. It’s also important to maintain and improve a person’s physical condition when possible. Rehabilitation can mean the difference between returning home or staying in an institution.

Although a majority of functional abilities may be restored soon after a stroke, recovery is an ongoing process.

Heart Disease

Heart Disease: Everything You Should Know

Heart disease is a generic term that describes many different problems affecting the heart. It can affect your coronary arteries, heart valves, and heart muscle and can also affect your heart rate and rhythm. Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans.

Most common kinds of heart disease

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)/Atherosclerosis (ath·ero·scle·ro·sis)

Coronary artery disease (CAD) occurs when the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle (the coronary arteries) become hardened and narrowed. The arteries harden and narrow due to buildup of a material called plaque on their inner walls. The buildup of plaque is known as atherosclerosis. As the plaque increases in size, the insides of the coronary arteries get narrower and less blood can flow through them. Eventually, blood flow to the heart muscle is reduced, and because blood carries much-needed oxygen, the heart muscle is not able to receive the amount of oxygen it needs.

Angina

Angina is chest pain or discomfort that occurs when the heart does not get enough blood. People describe angina as discomfort, pressure, or pain in the chest, back, neck, shoulders, arms (especially the left arm), or jaw. Angina can be a warning of a heart attack.

Heart Attack

Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, where no one doubts what’s happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people aren’t sure what’s wrong and wait too long before getting help. Here are signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:

  • Chest discomfort – Most heart attacks involve a discomforting feeling in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body – Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath – May occur with or without chest discomfort. Other signs – May include breaking out in a cold sweat, feeling nauseated, or light headed.

Heart attack symptoms can be different for men and women. As with men, women’s most common symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.

If you or someone with you has chest discomfort, especially with one or more of the other signs, call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away. For more information about 9-1-1, please visit www.911.utah.gov/index.php

Heart Valve Disease

The heart has four chambers. The upper two are the right and left atria. The lower two are the right and left ventricles. Blood is pumped through the chambers, aided by four heart valves. The valves open and close to let the blood flow in only one direction. Each valve has a set of flaps (also called leaflets or cusps). When working properly, the heart valves open and close fully. A defective heart valve is one that fails to fully open or close. A person can be born with an abnormal heart valve, a type of congenital heart defect. Also, a valve can become damaged by:

  • infections such as infective endocarditis
  • rheumatic fever
  • changes in valve structure in the elderly

Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy (car·dio·my·op·a·thy)

Heart failure is a condition in which your heart can’t pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs. Key symptoms of heart failure include shortness of breath, a dry and hacking cough, weight gain, swelling, and fatigue.

Heart failure develops as a result of weakening of the heart muscle. This weakening is often brought on by other conditions that damage the heart muscle, including atherosclerosis, heart attack, high blood pressure, heart valve problems, and alcohol abuse. Heart muscle weakening and damage is often called cardiomyopathy, which literally means “heart muscle disease.” Cardiomyopathy can be classified as primary or secondary. Primary cardiomyopathy can’t be attributed to a specific cause, such as high blood pressure, heart valve disease, artery diseases, or congenital heart defects. Secondary cardiomyopathy is due to specific causes. It’s often associated with diseases involving other organs as well as the heart.

Arrhythmias (ar·rhyth·mi·as)

An arrhythmia is a change in the rhythm of your heartbeat. When the heart beats too fast, it’s called tachycardia (tach·y·car·di·a). When it beats too slow, it’s called bradycardia (brad·y·car·di·a). An arrhythmia can also mean that your heart beats irregularly (skips a beat or has an extra beat). At some time or another, most people have felt their heart race or skip a beat. These occasional changes can be brought on by strong emotions or exercise. They are usually not a cause for alarm. Arrhythmias that occur more often or cause symptoms may be more serious and need to be discussed with your doctor.
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Heart Defects

Although the term “heart defect” can refer to many different heart problems, it’s often used to talk about defects affecting the wall (septum) that divides the two upper or two lower chambers of the heart. Three of the more common defects are: Atrial septal defect (ASD), Patent foramen ovale (PFO), and Ventricular septal defect (VSD).

Risk Factors

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Some risk factors cannot be changed, others require some lifestyle adjustments. It is important to be aware of risk factors so you can take the necessary steps to prevent further damage to your heart.

Am I at risk for Heart Disease?

Clinical and statistical studies have identified several factors that increase a person’s risk of having heart disease. Major risk factors are those that research has shown significantly increase the risk of heart disease. Other factors are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease, but their significance and prevalence haven’t yet been precisely determined. They’re called contributing risk factors.

Use My Life Check from the American Heart Association to assess your heart health and determine what you can do to lower your risk.

Risk factors you cannot change

Some risk factors cannot be changed. Still, it is important to be aware of them. Awareness gives you an opportunity to educate yourself and also to take measures to safeguard your health as much as possible in other ways. The unchangeable factors affecting your heart health are:

  • Age: Your risk increases with age.
  • Sex: Men of any age, and postmenopausal women, have a greater risk.
  • Family History (heredity and race): Heart disease tends to run in families and is more common among some ethnic groups. For help in determining your family health history use the Family Health History Toolkit.
  • Medical history: Past history of heart problems.

Risk factors you can change

High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

High blood pressure causes the heart to work harder, putting you at an increased risk for heart attack, stroke, heart failure, kidney, and eye problems. There are no symptoms to identify high blood pressure and therefore many people are unaware that they have it. The only way to detect high blood pressure is to have it checked regularly.

High Blood Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a soft, fat-like substance in your body. Cholesterol only comes from animal products or animal by-products such as beef, chicken, eggs, milk, etc. A high level of cholesterol in the blood (240 mg/dL or higher) is a major risk factor for heart attack and also increases your risk of having a stroke. High levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. People with a low level of HDL cholesterol (less than 40 mg/dL) have a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. A high LDL level (more than 160 mg/dL or more than 130 mg/dL if you have two or more risk factors for heart disease) reflects an increased risk of heart disease. That’s why LDL cholesterol is often called “bad” cholesterol.

Smoking

Quitting smoking lowers a person’s risk of heart disease greatly, even after many years of smoking. Learn more about the impact of smoking on heart disease.

Diabetes

Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke. Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder affecting the body’s ability to make or use insulin. Insulin is the hormone that transports glucose (blood sugar) from digested nutrients into the body’s cells for energy and growth. There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. When the body cannot produce insulin, this is called type 1 diabetes. In order to control their blood sugar, the patient must use insulin injections. In type 2 diabetes, the body produces insulin but is unable to process it and/or use it correctly in most cases this may be controlled by diet and exercise. People with diabetes can manage their blood pressure and cholesterol to reduce their chance of heart attack or stroke. Learn more about diabetes.

Physical Inactivity

Physical inactivity increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. You can reduce your risk by doing moderate-intensity physical activity for a total of 2 ½ hours per week.

Obesity

Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Only smoking exceeds obesity in contributing to the total U.S. death rate. The percentage of overweight or obese persons in Utah and the U.S. has increased dramatically over the past 10 years. Adults who are obese are also at a greater risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, respiratory problems, and endometrial, breast, prostate, and colon cancer.

Contributing Factors for Heart Disease

Researchers continually discover other factors that seem to relate to heart disease. The following are a few of these factors:

  • Birth control pills
  • C-reactive protein
  • Alcohol Homocysteine
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Stress

Heart Disease Treatment & Rehabilitation

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If treatment isn’t enough, cardiac rehabilitation allows patients to recover from heart problems or heart surgery, helps them heal faster, and reduces their risk for future cardiac problems.

Diagnosing and Treating Heart Disease

A heart disease treatment plan should be tailored to your specific condition, its severity and causes, and your current health and lifestyle. This may include more than a procedure. It may also mean making lifestyle changes and taking medications. The best thing to do is maintain open communication with your doctor about your risks and what is right for you. The following are procedures used to diagnose and treat heart disease.

  • Exercise stress tests measure symptoms, blood pressure, and EKG (electrocardiogram) during exercise.
  • Imaging procedures provide still or moving pictures through X-ray, fluoroscopy, MRI, or CT scans.
  • Electrophysiology studies, or echocardiograms, examine heart rhythm disturbances using electrodes positioned over the patient’s heart.
  • Ultrasound, like an echocardiogram, uses sound waves to produce images of your heart.
  • Cardiac catheterization diagnoses and/or treats an obstruction. An angiogram introduces dye through a catheter to observe the heart’s blood vessel flow by X-ray; a balloon angioplasty procedure uses a tiny balloon-tipped catheter to help unclog blockages.
  • Surgical procedures can bypass clogged arteries, replace valves, insert pacemakers, and defibrillators or replace the entire heart.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac rehab is a medically supervised program to help heart patients recover quickly and improve their overall physical and mental functioning. The goal is to reduce the risk of another cardiac event or to keep an already present heart condition from getting worse.
The benefits of participating in a cardiac rehab program are:

  • Faster recovery
  • Improved fitness
  • Decreased symptoms
  • Reduced fear and anxiety
  • Improved confidence
  • Lifelong changes are made
  • Reduced risk of further heart problems
  • Reduced risk of death

The services that cardiac rehabilitation might include are supervised exercise sessions and education about risk factors of heart disease, signs and symptoms of heart disease, and ways you can prevent another cardiac event. Most importantly, cardiac rehab will provide the social and emotional support you will need to adjust to your condition and make lifelong lifestyle changes to reduce your risk factors for further heart problems.

Physical Activity Guidelines for People with Heart Disease

Physical activity is an important part of managing heart disease or recovering from heart surgery. But there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure you are both active and safe.

Discuss the following with your doctor

  • Medication changes. New medications can greatly affect your response to exercise; your doctor can tell you if your normal exercise routine is still safe.
  • Heavy lifting. Lifting or pushing heavy objects and chores such as raking, shoveling, mowing, or scrubbing may be off limits for you. Chores around the house can be tiring for some people; make sure you only do what you are able to do without getting tired.
  • Safe exercises. Get the doctor’s approval before you lift weights, use a weight machine, jog, or swim.

General Workout Tips for Those With Heart Disease

  • Be sure any exercise is paced and balanced with rest.
  • Ask your doctor about avoiding isometric exercises. Isometric exercises involve pushing or pulling against an immovable object.
  • Don’t exercise outdoors when it is too cold, hot, or humid. High humidity may cause you to tire more quickly; extreme temperatures can interfere with circulation, make breathing difficult, and cause chest pain. Better choices are indoor activities such as mall walking.
  • Make sure you stay hydrated. It is important to drink water even before you feel thirsty, especially on hot days.
  • Avoid extremely hot and cold showers or sauna baths after exercise. These extreme temperatures increase the workload on the heart.
  • Steer clear of exercise in hilly areas. If you must walk in steep areas, make sure to slow down when going uphill to avoid working too hard. Monitor your heart rate closely.
  • If your exercise program has been interrupted for a few days (for example, due to illness, vacation, or bad weather), make sure to ease back into the routine. Start with a reduced level of activity, and gradually increase it until you are back where you started.

Exercise Precautions

There are many precautions to keep in mind when developing an exercise program for yourself or a loved one with heart disease.

  • Stop the exercise if you become overly fatigued or short of breath; discuss the symptoms with a doctor or schedule an appointment for evaluation.
  • Do not exercise if you are not feeling well or have a fever. Heart patients should wait a few days after all symptoms disappear before restarting the exercise program, unless their doctor gives other directions.
  • Stop the activity if you develop a rapid or irregular heartbeat or have heart palpitations. Check your pulse after you have rested for 15 minutes. If it’s still above 100-120 beats per minute, call the doctor for further instructions.

*If you experience pain don’t ignore it. If you have chest pain or pain anywhere else in the body, do not allow the activity to continue. Performing an activity while in pain may cause stress or damage to the joints.

Stop exercising if you

  • Feel weak. Are dizzy or lightheaded.
  • Have unexplained weight gain or swelling (call the doctor right away).
  • Have pressure or pain in the chest, neck, arm, jaw, or shoulder.
  • Have any other symptoms that cause concern.

Call the doctor if symptoms do not go away.

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Blood Pressure: Everything You Have To Know

What is Blood Pressure?

Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of the arteries. Blood pressure is highest when the heart contracts (while it is pumping blood). This is called systolic pressure. When the heart is at rest (between beats) blood pressure is lower. This is called diastolic pressure. Blood pressure is always given in these two numbers. The systolic measurement is on top, and the diastolic is on the bottom (i.e. 120/80). Both numbers are equally important.

What is High Blood Pressure?

Blood pressure changes during the day. It is lowest when a person is asleep and rises when a person gets up. Most of the time, it stays about the same or within a range. If the blood pressure rises and stays above the recommended levels, a person may have high blood pressure.

Why is High Blood Pressure important?

High blood pressure, if not controlled, increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease in a person.

How is High Blood Pressure diagnosed?

Since high blood pressure does not generally have any symptoms, the only way to diagnose high blood pressure is to get it tested at the doctor’s office.

Blood Pressure classifications

There are several categories of blood pressure. The following table shows the categories for adults 18 and older.

Category Systolic Diastolic
Optimal Blood Pressure less than 120 less than 80
Pre- hypertension 120 – 139 80 – 89
Stage 1 hypertension140 – 15990 – 99
Stage 2 hypertension 160 or greater 100 or greater

How to Control High Blood Pressure?

Life Style modifications

Life style modifications include things that a person can do on their own such as:

  • Being physically active
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Choosing and eating foods low in sodium or salt
  • Following the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) Eating Plan

Treatments

These include a variety of medications such as:

  • Diuretics
  • Adrenergic Blockers
  • Calcium Channel Blockers
  • ACE & ARBS
  • Vascular Dilators
  • Central Adrenergic Agonists

It is important to continue taking the medications in order for them to work. If a problem arises it is important to consult a physician before making any changes.

How Being More Active Can Lower Your Blood Pressure?

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According to KryoLife Health (https://www.kryolifehealth.com/) research, physical activity makes your heart stronger over time. A stronger heart can pump more blood with less effort. And the less your heart has to work, the less force or pressure is put on your arteries.

Physical activity can have the same effect on your blood pressure levels as medication. Becoming more active can lower your blood pressure by an average of 10 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). For some people, that’s enough to reduce the need for blood pressure medication. Physical activity also helps you maintain a healthy weight, which is another way to control blood pressure.

To reap the rewards of being active, try to make it a habit. It takes about one to three months for regular exercise to have a stabilizing effect on blood pressure. The benefits last only as long as you continue to exercise. Remember that aerobic activity will help you control high blood pressure. Simply adding moderate physical activities to your daily routine will help as well.

How Can You Get Moving?

Getting enough activity in your life can be easy. Look for ways to fit regular activity into your day that are fun for you and help you meet the recommended 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity. If you are just starting, don’t try to do it all at once. Getting some kind of activity every day will help you start smart and allow you to improve your health a step at a time.

Safety First

Those with high blood pressure should remember to start slowly when beginning an exercise program. Warm up and cool down properly and gradually build the intensity of your workouts. Make sure you have your doctor’s “OK” before doing strength training or other resistance exercises as some of these may actually increase your blood pressure.

Stop exercising and seek immediate medical care if you experience any warning signs during exercise, including:

  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Dizziness or faintness
  • Pain in an arm or your jaw
  • Severe shortness of breath
  • An irregular heartbeat
  • Excessive fatigue
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5 Herbs for Cleansing and Detoxification

Toxins and pollutants are unavoidable. They may be in the air, food or water. As an acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist I have found that engaging in a cleanse at least once per year has many health benefits. Consult with your health care provider prior to starting a cleanse to ensure that you are in good health, since cleansing can stress your internal organs.

Furthermore, talk to a naturopath, herbalist or nutritionist to get the best advice on how to properly engage in a cleansing regime. These herbs may help support your body through the cleansing process and help your body get rid of excess toxins more quickly and easily.

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1.Dandelion

Dandelion is a popular herb for cleansing and detoxificaton. This herb has high antioxidant content and diuretic properties. Dandelion root may help detoxify the liver and gallbladder, which can help your body more efficiently eliminate built up toxins and chemicals. Dandelion leaves support the kidneys and can help your body efficiently eliminate toxins through urination.

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2.Milk Thistle

Milk thistle has been used for 2,000 years and contains a flavonoid called silymarin that can help support your liver. Milk thistle enhances liver and gallbladder detoxification and also supports your kidney function. An added benefit of this herb is that it can help your body re-grow liver cells, can treat viral hepatitis and may have anti-cancer effects.

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3.Burdock Root

Burdock root can be used for a variety of ailments such as digestive problems, sore throats and colds. This herb helps support detoxification because it is a natural blood purifier. Burdock can help clear your bloodstream of toxins and, because of its diuretic effect, can help rid your body of these toxins through urination. Because this herb can also enhance digestive functions, it may also help remove toxins through digestiion and elimination.

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4.Black Walnut

Black walnut hulls can help detoxify and cleanse your body in a variety of ways. This herb can support digestive functions, help flush toxins and impurities from your system, oxygenate your blood and even kill parasites. An added benefit of black walnut is that it has a gentle laxative effect, which makes it more capable of clearing toxins from your body through elimination.

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5.Parsley

Parsley contains vitamins A and C and has anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties. This herb can help support your kidneys to process and eliminate excess toxins from your body.Parsley also helps purify your bloodstream and can even help naturally freshen your breath. You can eat fresh parsley or blend and drink fresh parsley juice to enjoy its cleansing benefits.