February is aptly deemed American Heart Month. It's intended to raise awareness about the importance of heart health, but heart and cardiovascular disease are something you should pay attention to year-round.
According to the Centers for Diseases and Control (CDC), one person dies every 34 seconds from heart disease, making it the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.
How does this ailment account for roughly 1 in 5 deaths in the U.S.?
To break it down, the term “cardiovascular disease” is the umbrella label that refers to all types of heart-related diseases, and heart disease refers to a variety of conditions affecting the heart. Common types of heart disease conditions are:
- Coronary heart disease (CAD)
- Stroke/Heart Attack
- Peripheral arterial disease
- Aortic disease
Unfortunately, there’s no one-size fits all treatment for this deadly condition. So, how can you protect yourself from this silent killer beyond the typical “eat healthier, exercise more, stop smoking” recommendations?
Below are three initial steps to take that may reduce your risk of heart disease.
- Know your genetic risk. Has a close family member been affected by heart disease or heart condition? If so, at what age were they diagnosed? Make it a priority to collect health information from your relatives about potential heart disease risks that you can share with your doctor, who can better assess if you’re at risk and if treatment options are necessary.
- Take charge of your health. A variety of tests, besides a standard lipid panel, can indicate heart disease or potential risks. According to the Mayo Clinic, blood tests such as High-sensitivity C-reactive protein, Lipoprotein, Plasma ceramides, Natriuretic peptides, and Troponin T may help determine if heart disease is present. Have a medical professional assess your health to see if these tests are necessary for you.
- Supplement with CoQ10. Studies have emerged that CoQ10 may have the ability to improve energy production and act as an antioxidant. Which, in turn, improves overall heart function. Some key benefits noted in clinical studies on how CoQ10 can improve heart functions are listed below:
- Increased use of oxygen by the heart muscle.
- Increased production of cellular energy production by the heart muscle.
- Increased exercise capacity in people with impaired heart function.
- Improved blood pressure control.
A form of CoQ10 that offers quality CoQ10 is Herman Organic's Premier CoQ10. Herman Organic’s Premier CoQ10 includes a gel capsule of the Ubiquinone form of CoQ10, which, according to a study, is one of the most absorbed forms of CoQ10.
The standard steps the CDC recommends to help prevent heart disease are, select healthy foods and drinks, maintain a healthy weight, get regular physical activity (roughly 2 hours and 30 minutes a week), and ditch the cigarettes. However, much more goes into ensuring your heart is “healthy.” It’s essential to know your risks and take control of your health so you can keep your heart in tip-top shape.
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