National Wear Red Day on February 7th
In support of American Heart Month, we are providing excerpts from our book
and have reduced prices for the entire month of February.
Your Heart – Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease in
Women, Men and Children
Kindle e-book $2.99 http://tinyurl.com/kindle-heart-sale
Paperback $9.99 https://www.createspace.com/4330606
Excerpt: Cardiovascular Disease
Coronary arteries carry blood, nutrients and oxygen to the heart muscle. When waxy cholesterol accumulates within the inner artery wall, it stiffens the artery and begins blocking the flow of blood. The artery disease is called atherosclerosis. The word describes what is happening: athero means fat; sclerosis means hardening. Many people call atherosclerosis “hardening of the arteries.”
Because this destructive process occurs not only in the heart arteries, but in arteries throughout the body, it is called cardiovascular disease. When blood flow is decreased to other organs, such as the kidneys and brain, kidney failure and dementia occur.
Many other forms of heart disease are the result of infection, toxins, hereditary factors and congenital abnormalities over which you have little control. But with the right information, you can take control and treat atherosclerosis. The sooner you make good decisions to improve your health, the more likely you are to add years to your life. Food choices play a huge role. Both men and women are developing coronary artery disease at younger ages. Early evidence of coronary artery disease is even seen in children.
Beginning at a young age, what you eat makes a huge difference. Arteries are more likely to become narrowed throughout the entire body if predominant food choices are:
● High in salt, fat and calories — such as potato chips and French fries
● High in sugar — such as sweet-rolls, pancakes and candy
● High in saturated fats — such as bacon cheese-burgers
Many factors contribute to coronary artery disease; smoking and uncontrolled high blood pressure are two of the most harmful. In the US each year, these two factors are responsible for one-in-five heart related deaths. Next are obesity and inactivity, accounting for approximately one-in-ten heart deaths per year.
Experts agree inflammation is the likely trigger for atherosclerosis. Diabetes, obesity and inactivity are directly related to developing atherosclerosis. Other factors include: high LDL-cholesterol, stress, excessive alcohol intake, and illicit drug use. All of them increase inflammation in the body. Blood tests can measure inflammatory markers that correlate with coronary artery disease.
Daily stress levels rise with holding a job while juggling household responsibilities and securing childcare. Job burn-out, job loss, depression, sleeplessness and anxiety, all raise blood pressure and add to heart disease risks. Additionally, working the night shift adds to serious health problems including heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
Gender makes a difference. Men tend to develop coronary artery disease years earlier than women. Younger, premenopausal estrogen-producing women are typically at lower coronary disease risk than men the same age because estrogen is protective. As postmenopausal women age, their risks soon equal those in men.
This guide will take you through body processes contributing to the coronary artery disease epidemic and provide accurate science-based information about actions to improve your health. Even if you already have been diagnosed with coronary artery disease, you have the ability to stop its progression. Aggressive treatment can reverse changes inside the artery wall.
Remember — prevention is always the best medicine.
More life-saving information like this can be found in Your Heart: Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease in Women, Men & Children
Betty Kuffel, MD
Bev Erickson co-author/artist/cover design