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Tips to Prevent Heart Disease

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Tips To Help Prevent Heart Disease

by Josh Spencer

Copyright 2005

You should always keep in mind that whatever actions you do

today can either help to prevent, delay or minimize the effect

of heart disease or worsen it. The key is to control risk

factors. Granted that you cannot control every risk factor for

heart disease such as family history but you can definitely do

something about your behavior. Age and gender also influence

your risk of heart disease. Oral chelation can have a very

beneficial effect on reducing your risk of heart disease.

Major Risk Factors of Heart Disease

Cholesterol Levels

Cholesterol is a type of a lipid, a soft, fat-like substance

that serves as a source of fuel. Excessive cholesterol can

cause build-up of atherosclerotic plaque. Accumulation of

plaque in arteries can block blood flow and lead to a heart

attack. LDL cholesterol, the so-called "bad" cholesterol, is

transported to sites throughout the body, where it's used to

repair cell membranes or to make hormones. LDL cholesterol can

accumulate in the walls of your arteries. HDL cholesterol, the

so-called "good" cholesterol, transports cholesterol to the

liver, where it's altered and removed from the body.

Blood Pressure

Normal blood pressure level is defined as less than 130

millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) for systolic blood pressure and

less than 85 mm Hg for diastolic blood pressure. The higher the

blood pressure, the more likely it is to take a toll on the

heart and on the brain. Blood pressure should be checked

whether or not your levels are high. For normal, check once

every two years. For high-normal, check once a year. If

extremely high, you should get immediate care. Then get

multiple measurements to know if a high level is sustained over



Another risk factor for heart disease is diabetes, a chronic

disease of insulin deficiency or resistance. Type 2 diabetes,

the most common type, is associated with obesity and may be

prevented by maintaining ideal body weight through exercise and

balanced nutrition.

Tips For Controlling Risk of Heart Disease

Stop Smoking

The effect of smoking on your lungs can cause almost every

other medical condition.

Get Active

Routine physical activity is highly recommended and helpful in

controlling obesity. Try to perform 30 minutes of moderate

physical activity every day. Fast walking is one of the best

way to prevent heart disease. If you can lose even a small

amount of weight, five pounds for example, it may have a

positive effect on lipid levels and blood pressure preventing

heart disease.

Limit Alcohol Consumption

Limit daily alcohol intake to three ounces or fewer to prevent

heart disease. People who drink large amounts of alcohol (six

to eight ounces a day) tend to have higher blood pressure.

Watch What You Eat

Eat five helpings of fruits and vegetables daily to prevent

heart disease.

Maintain adequate dietary potassium, calcium and magnesium


Reduce saturated fats and cholesterol to stay away from heart


Consider using a quality edta or oral chelation product in your



About The Author: Mike has been helping people protect their

health for several years. All good health programs start with a

healthy heart. Let Mike guide you in getting started. Mike Spencer

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