It’s always the right time to give your ticker a little TLC. From hemp hearts to happiness, this month I’ll be giving you some weekly tips on the best ways to keep your cardiovascular system healthy.
I would say at least half of my patients over 40 are on at least one medication for a cardiovascular-related health concern: blood pressure and cholesterol are the biggest ones. There are some great herbs and supplements with lots of research behind them that can help these meds to work best and support the rest of the cardio system, but we won’t discuss those here since it’s quite individualized. Plus, if you’re on meds, talk to a licensed ND who will make sure there’s no contraindications.
Beyond meds and supplements, what else can be done? LOTS! First, review your risk factors for heart disease to see where you can make some best-bang-for-your-buck changes. Here’s the biggest, changeable factors according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation:
There certainly are some things that we can’t do much about: genetics and health history are two of them but they certainly aren’t a guarantee. If you have a strong family history of heart disease, there’s lots you can do to change your fate.
Stay tuned: up next week, we'll go over the best foods for your heart. Hint: they're (unfortunately) not cinnamon hearts.