A broken heart may be more serious than one may think, especially when talking about a heart broken by heart disease. In the United States, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, accounting for more than 610,000 deaths annually. Sadly, by the time you finish reading this paragraph an adult American has suffered a heart attack and another has died due to a heart disease related event. This should be enough to convince anyone that heart disease is a serious health issue.
Whether you want to prevent a broken heart from disease, or mend one from disease, start taking care of your heart today. Here are 4 of ways to begin improving your heart health:
Talk with your doctor about the key risk factors. Approximately, 47% of Americans have one or more of the following:
- High blood pressure, high cholesterol, overweight/obesity, and smoking.
Adjust your lifestyle: Exercise, avoid excessive alcohol consumption, and stop smoking.
- A person who exercises often and vigorously has the lowest risk for heart disease and may reverse some disease risk factors. The American Heart Association recommends moderately-intense exercise for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week.
- Avoiding alcohol and smoking decreases your risk for heart disease and cancer
Eat a healthy, balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, and healthy meat and fat.
- A 2013 study published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, concluded people who eat a Mediterranean-like diet rich in olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruits and vegetables, can reduce the risk of heart disease by 30%.
Consider Ozone Therapy.
- Ozone therapy is a safe, non-conventional therapy that uses medical grade oxygen-ozone gas to treat a wide range of acute and chronic conditions including heart disease.
- Published research has demonstrated positive results in coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease, atherosclerotic ischemia, stroke, diabetes and more.
- Ozone therapy improves oxygen delivery to cells, decreases blood viscosity, improves blood circulation, reduces chronic inflammation, supports tissue repair and regeneration, and up-regulates the anti-oxidant system.
Don’t become a heart disease statistic. Make changes in your life to prevent a broken heart by disease or start mending one, today.
Dr. Devin Wilson is a naturopathic primary care doctor with a focus on cardiometabolic and digestive health at Live Well Clinic in La Quinta. He is also a trained and certified Ozone Therapist. For more information on improving heart health and Ozone Therapy visit us at livewellclinic.org or call 760-771-5970.