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Prevent Heart Disease

Aug 18, 2007
With the advancement in medicine over the last 30 years Heart Disease is one of the most preventable diseases known to science. A much more pro-active approach is taken by both the patient and the doctor in preventing and treating heart disease. One of the best ways to prevent heart disease is to modify the patient's outlook on diet and exercise.

In the past unless a patient had symptoms of some illness a visit to the doctor just did not happen. The only time a medical professional suggested any type of preventive treatment for heart disease was when the patient had symptoms, was of advanced age, or had a family history of the disease. Now, thankfully, a much more pro-active approach is taken by both the patient and the doctor in preventing heart and treatment of disease.

Medical groups such as the American Medical Association and the American Heart Association actively advertise that a diet low in fat and low in calories is a great way to lower a person's cholesterol, which is a major risk factor when it comes to heart disease. Along with a regular exercise routine and regular monitoring by the family doctor the risk of you developing heart disease has greatly been reduced.

Prevention is now a team effort. Routine monitoring of blood pressure, cholesterol level, general weight and health, as well as indications of other diseases that might complicate the situation are all very important things that both you and your chosen medical professional should be on the look out for.

Some of the over the counter products available today can react with prescription medication prescribed by your doctor. Taking something as simple as aspirin can react with other blood thinners and you could be putting yourself at risk for a stroke or a heart attack. There are many drugs and over the counter products available to help prevent heart disease, and your doctor can discuss all the options available. Whether or not prescription drugs or over the counter products are needed for your situation should be decided after a serious consultation with your doctor and some monitoring of your health and lifestyle.

Common Vitamins and over the counter products can help with Heart Disease such as Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Niacin, Oat Bran, and Pectin.

All of the different Vitamin Bs taken together as B-Complex work together as a team to perform vital biological processes, such as energy production and efficient metabolic function. Vitamin B boost energy levels and help fight fatigue.

Vitamin C has show to reduce cholesterol levels and lowers high blood pressure.

Niacin is the closest thing available to a perfect treatment that corrects most causes of coronary heart disease. Niacin blocks the release of fatty acids from fat cells. Niacin plays a critical role in energy production, gene expression, and hormone synthesis. You cannot live without it. Niacin also tends to shift LDL particle distribution to larger particle size and improve HDL functioning. The intake of 3 grams Niacin for as little as two weeks can reduce serum cholesterol by 26 percent.

Oat Bran helps to regulate blood glucose levels, aids in lowering cholesterol, and helps in the removal of toxins.

Pectin limits the amount of cholesterol the body can absorb. High pectin count in apples may be why One a day keeps the doctor away.

If you are at risk from Heart Disease then find a good health care professional prior to starting any type of home treatment.

Always consult your doctor before using this information.

This Article is nutritional in nature and is not to be construed as medical advice.
About the Author
David Cowley has created numerous articles on heart disease. He has also created a Web Site dedicated to heart disease and how to treat them. Visit Heart Disease
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