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Heart Care

Our hearts are hard workers, staying active 24/7 to pump blood to our lungs and through our bodies; facilitate the flow of hormones to different parts of our bodies; and maintain blood pressure. Those with serious heart conditions may be prescribed medications designed to help their specific circumstance(s). What if you’re trying to improve your cardiovascular health but aren’t facing a high risk of heart attacks? Advice from your primary healthcare professional is extremely helpful and recommended, as there is a wide variety of formulations to choose from. Over-the-counter products should generally only be used for those with a low risk of heart disease/heart attacks. Three of the most common supplements people choose are Omega-3s, CoQ10, and red yeast rice. 

Introduction to the Heart

The heart is a complex organ, even though it’s approximately the size of the average man’s fist. The heart has four chambers. The top two chambers are the atria and the lower two are the ventricles. Muscular walls split the heart into two sides. The atrium and ventricle on the right-hand side pump blood to the lungs. On the left side, they pump blood to the rest of your body. These two sides work together via the conduction system. Usually, we see two different types of cholesterol discussed regarding our heart. Our low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is referred to as “bad cholesterol.” Lower levels are better, as LDL carries cholesterol to arteries where it can stick and block the flow of blood. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is referred to as “good cholesterol.” This is because HDL can remove LDL cholesterol from your blood and transport it to the liver where it is processed and disposed of. High levels of HDL are correlated with a lower risk of heart disease.

Heart Health

Medications and supplements aren’t the only helpful things to take care of your heart. There are also lifestyle changes that can be implemented. Cutting out nicotine can do wonders for your heart health, as well as your overall health. A diet with a variety of fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy items, and fiber are great ways to have a healthier heart diet. Finding new ways to manage stress, like exercising, are great as well. Overall, there are multiple ways to proactively address your heart health before small issues become a larger problem.