How to Live a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle
Your heart pumps blood throughout the body, carrying oxygen and nutrients to your brain and other organs so they can perform optimally.
When something blocks that flow, your heart can’t efficiently pump blood. Your body initially has ways to compensate for this heart failure. Over time, the heart can no longer keep up with the body’s demands to pump blood.1
Heart failure can stem from heart disease, the leading cause of death in America. Heart disease often occurs when your blood vessels become narrowed or blocked.2 Eventually, heart disease can create problems such as chest pain, a heart attack, or stroke.3
One way to reduce your risk of heart disease is to monitor blood pressure. How you eat, the way you move, and the nutrients you take can all help normalize your blood pressure.
Research shows magnesium, for instance, can lower blood pressure.4 About 50 percent of people don’t get enough of this mineral from food5, making a supplement ideal.
When your blood pressure becomes too high, it can increase the heart’s demands. Blood vessels can narrow and blood flow to the heart can slow down or stop.6
This is called coronary heart disease or coronary artery disease, the most common type of heart disease.
With this condition, arteries that carry blood to your heart narrow or get blocked by plaque buildup within the arteries. Smoking, high blood pressure, and too much sugar can all contribute to this plaque buildup.7
Plaque can block arteries, making blood flow to the heart difficult and contributing to chest pain or a heart attack.8
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Heart Health Perspective
Cardiac or heart muscle is the middle layer of muscle tissue that contracts quickly and repeatedly, distributing blood throughout your body. (1) The heart is a vitally crucial muscle that keeps you alive. Needless to say, when your heart muscle stops working, your body follows. Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, means blood doesn’t flow optimally through stiff arteries. Plaque buildup can eventually lead to heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for American women and men.(2)(3)
Talk with your healthcare professional about incorporating these and other strategies to help improve and maintain your cardiovascular performance.
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