Heart disease is the # 1 killer of women in Canada and worldwide. Women are 10 times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than from any other disease. And our risk is 4 times greater during and after menopause than before menopause.
The news is not all bad though. There are many ways we can reduce our risk.
One way is with heart health supplements that are high in omega 3 fatty acids and co enzyme Q10, two powerful and proven ingredients that can help lower our risk of heart disease.
Omega-3 fatty acids modulate the production of powerful hormone-like substances known as eicosanoids. Those produced by omega-3s are anti-inflammatory and reduce blood clotting, lowering the risk of heart attack.
If an attack does occur, it’s less likely to be fatal. One study of heart attack survivors showed that if they took heart health supplements with 1,000 mg of omega-3s daily, they lowered their risk of dying from heart disease by 25 percent.
Omega-3 fats also lower blood triglycerides, reduce abnormal heart rhythms and the incidence of stroke, slow the buildup of artery-hardening plaques and lower blood pressure.
CoQ10 (Co Enzyme Q10) levels decrease with age and are low in patients with chronic diseases such as heart conditions. CoQ10 is found in virtually every cell of the body, including the heart, and functions as a carrier that helps produce ATP, the fuel that energizes cells. The heart muscle has the greatest concentration of mitochondria at five thousand per cell.
Statin drugs, used for elevated cholesterol levels, deplete the body and heart of CoQ10. Heart health supplements ideally should contain CoQ10 for these reasons.
We hear it all the time but if you smoke…QUIT. If you are a women age 50 or under and you smoke, your risk of dying from a heart attack is three times greater than that of an ex-smoker.
Get moving. Inactivity doubles our risk for heart disease. Our heart is a muscle that needs regular exercise to stay healthy (aerobic exercise at least 3 times a week for 30 – 50 minutes).
Maintain a healthy weight. The risk of a heart attack is three times higher in women who are overweight.
Lower your cholesterol. 40% of women 55 years old and older have elevated cholesterol. Choosing a diet low in fat and cholesterol can reduce blood cholesterol by as much as 5-20%.
Relax. In some people, stress raises their cholesterol level and blood pressure, two factors associated with heart disease.
Lower our blood pressure. 52% of women 45 years+ have elevated blood pressure. High blood pressure (over 140/90) causes blood to press too hard against the walls of your arteries, wearing down the lining of our arteries over time.
Keep our blood sugars normal. A woman with diabetes has a 5 times higher risk of heart disease. Diabetes can damage artery walls, increasing the risk of developing atherosclerosis.
Limit your alcohol. Drinking more than two drinks per day increases your risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.
Not that I didn’t already know the many benefits of exercise, and walking in particular, but reading this study just legitimized a lot of my thinking on this subject. I’m a walker – I love to get out in the mornings and start my day with a brisk walk. Lucky for me I have several friends who live near by who are very happy to keep me company – I think it’s the real key to sticking with it!
ScienceDaily — Women who walked two or more hours a week or who usually walked at a brisk pace (3 miles per hour or faster) had a significantly lower risk of stroke than women who didn’t walk, according to a large, long-term study reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. The risks were lower for total stroke, clot-related (ischemic) stroke and bleeding (hemorrhagic) stroke, researchers said. Read the full article here»
Take charge of your health: by looking after your heart, you lower your risk of death from cardiovascular disease, and you improve your whole life.