Heart Disease: Know your Risks By Dr. James F. Balch
Until age 50, men are at greater risk than women of developing heart disease, though once a woman enters menopause, her risk triples.
This supplement formula is designed to target common heart problems. Recovery and prevention are addressed with known antioxidants. All-natural ingredients have been included to provide effective support; for example, hawthorn, which improves coronary artery blood flow and strengthens of the contractions of the heart muscle; and garlic, which has been proven to lower atherosclerosis and also helps to lower cholesterol levels and excessive platelet adhesion.
Heart disease is a wide-encompassing category that includes all conditions that affect the heart and the blood vessels. Until age 50, men are at greater risk than women of developing heart disease, though once a woman enters menopause, her risk triples.
Many people with cardiovascular disease have elevated or high cholesterol levels. Low HDL cholesterol (known as the 'good' cholesterol) and high LDL cholesterol (known as the 'bad' cholesterol) are more specifically linked to cardiovascular disease than is total cholesterol.3 A blood test, administered by most healthcare professionals, is used to determine cholesterol levels.
Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) of the vessels that supply the heart with blood is the most common cause of heart attacks. Atherosclerosis and high cholesterol usually occur together, though cholesterol levels can change quickly and atherosclerosis generally takes decades to develop.
Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and the risk increases as blood pressure rises. Glucose intolerance and diabetes constitute separate risk factors for heart disease. Smoking increases the risk of heart disease caused by hypertension.
Abdominal fat, or a 'beer belly,' versus fat that accumulates on the hips, is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attack. Overweight individuals are more likely to have additional risk factors related to heart disease, specifically hypertension, high blood sugar levels, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, and diabetes.
What are the symptoms of Heart Disease?
People with heart disease may not have any symptoms at all. If symptoms are present, they may include difficulty in breathing during exertion as well as when lying down; fatigue, lightheadedness, dizziness, fainting, depression, memory problems, confusion, frequent waking during sleep, chest pain, an awareness of the heartbeat, sensations of fluttering or pounding in the chest, swelling around the ankles, or a large abdomen.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Many risk factors are associated with heart disease; most can be managed, but some cannot. Many people with heart disease have elevated cholesterol levels or high blood pressure. Atherosclerosis of the vessels that supply the heart with blood is the most common cause of heart attacks. Atherosclerosis and high cholesterol usually occur together, though cholesterol levels can change quickly and atherosclerosis generally takes decades to develop. Garlic has been proven to lower atherosclerosis and it also helps to lower cholesterol levels and excessive platelet adhesion. CoQ10 is an antioxidant that has been shown to support heart health as well as lower blood pressure.
Garlic has been proven to lower atherosclerosis as well as lower cholesterol levels and excessive platelet adhesion. Magnesium may regulate heart rhythm and reduce blood clots. CoQ10 is an antioxidant that has been shown to support heart health and lower blood pressure. The Vitamin B Complex promotes energy metabolism. Cayenne increases blood circulation. N-Acetyl L-Cysteine, L-Glutathione Reduced, Vitamin C and Selenium work together in absorbing free radicals from the system. Hawthorn is beneficial for the heart system.