The ability to mend a Broken Heart on Valentine's Day is probably the greatest gift anyone can receive. However, I'm not talking about the emotional heart. I'm talking about your own physical heart, and if you have never thought about heart disease and the devastating effect it has, then maybe you should take five minutes to have a look at some statistics from the American Heart Foundation below - it might just save your life.
Did you know that Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined?
Heart failure is a term used to describe a heart that is struggling to do its job of contracting and pumping blood around the body. Any disease that adversely affects the heart and disrupts circulation can lead to heart failure. Health data compiled from more than 190 countries show heart disease remains the No. 1 global cause of death with 17.3 million deaths each year.
That number is expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030. However while these are frightening statistics, they should not be viewed as an automatic death sentence. When it comes to heart disease, a healthy diet coupled with a smart exercise routine is the key to greatly reducing the risk of heart disease in your life. In the case of heart disease, an early proactive approach to avoiding heart disease will greatly reduce the risk of developing it. The most common cause of heart failure is coronary artery disease, which limits blood flow to the heart muscle and can subsequently lead to a heart attack. Other factors that can cause damage to the heart muscle include a bacterial infection, diabetes and obesity.
Here are some further statistics from the American Heart Foundation Report - 2015:
Heart Disease, Stroke and other Cardiovascular Diseases
- Cardiovascular disease is the leading global cause of death, accounting for 17.3 million deaths per year, a number that is expected to grow to more than 23.6 million by 2030.
- In 2008, cardiovascular deaths represented 30 percent of all global deaths, with 80 percent of those deaths taking place in low- and middle-income countries.
- Nearly 787,000 people in the U.S. died from heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases in 2011. That’s about one of every three deaths in America.
- About 2,150 Americans die each day from these diseases, one every 40 seconds.
- About 85.6 million Americans are living with some form of cardiovascular disease or the after-effects of stroke.
- Direct and indirect costs of cardiovascular diseases and stroke total more than $320.1 billion. That includes health expenditures and lost productivity.
Some very frightening statistics, but even though heart disease is the largest global killer, you really only become aware of it when it's too late. However, back in 1998 the Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded to Dr. Louis Ignarro for his scientific discovery that Nitric Oxide (NO), a molecule produced naturally in the body, is a vasodilator that helps control the flow of blood to every part of our body. He demonstrated how Nitric Oxide regulates blood flow, prevents blood clots and protects against vascular plaque or hardening of the arteries as we know it.
Given that Heart Disease is the world's largest killer and armed with the findings from Dr. Ignarros research, it has been possible to formulate a natural (non prescription based) health product. This product is called Heart Health.
HeartHealth is a natural cardiovascular therapy suitable for all ages and developed in Ireland. It is a mixture of amino acids, L-Arginine and L-Citrulline, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in a powdered drink formulation which has been shown to have positive effects on cardiovascular health and total body wellbeing.
3 Benefits of taking Heart Health regularly
Benefit 1: Cardiovascular Health and Circulation
L-Arginine is a vital amino acid that plays a role in a number of physiological functions in the body, but is best known for its cardiovascular benefits. In the body L-Arginine when combined with L-Citrulline stimulates the epithelial tissue of the arterial wall to produce nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, regulates blood vessel tone and flexibility. This improves blood flow, which in turn limits muscle fatigue and so reduces the risk of disease and stress on the heart. It can also help you to stabilises blood pressure and remove the debris that can block arteries.
Benefit 2: Offset the symptoms of Fatigue
Nitric oxide increases the oxygen carrying efficiency of the arteries, thus increasing the oxygen delivery to the body’s cells. In the absence of oxygen, muscles do not perform at their optimum capacity. Oxygen greatly increases the efficiency by which you can produce energy to power the body through cellular respiration.
Benefit 3: Anti-Ageing Benefits
L-Arginine has also been proven to re-ignite human growth hormone. This is the hormone that keeps your body and skin looking and feeling younger. Human growth hormone (HGH) is a vital component of the human endocrine system. It is secreted by the pituitary gland, a small gland located at the base of the brain.
In addition to taking any heart supplement, you should also look at your lifestyle choices. The American Heart Association recommends that we all track seven key health factors and behaviours. Life’s Simple 7 are:
- Not smoking,
- Physical activity
- Healthy diet
- Body weight
- Control of cholesterol
- Blood pressure
- Blood sugar.
Please look after your heart - it's the only one you have. Make some simple lifestyle choices to improve your Heart Health and inspire the ones you love to do the same.
With so much talk about the heart around valentines day, I've decided to offer my Heart Health product at a €15 discount for a limited time. Just use the code loveyourheart at checkout.