Heart Disease is the #1 Cause of Death in Both Men and Women
Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing nearly 380,000 people annually.
About 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year – that is 1 in every 4 deaths.
We all want to live a long, healthy, and happy life. However, there is a silent killer out there that we cannot ignore: heart disease. Heart disease is the number one cause of death of both men and women. You may have known someone who passed away suddenly, and it turned out the cause was a heart attack.
A person may not have any symptoms at all until they are actually having a heart attack, and by then it’s often too late. But many heart attacks, in both sexes but especially in women, are not like the “Hollywood heart attacks” portrayed in the movies (clutching the chest and falling to the floor). As a result, milder or atypical symptoms are often brushed off. Nobody wants to be that person who goes to the ER or calls 911, only to be told they have heartburn, anxiety or another relatively minor problem. On the other hand, you most certainly do not want to sustain damage to your heart or, worst case, lose your life to heart disease.
What can you do to protect yourself? How do you know if you are at risk? Today I am going to address an especially important cardiac test to help you learn your risk so that you can be proactive and take steps to prevent heart disease.
First, What is Coronary Artery Disease?
Coronary artery disease is a result of plaque buildup in the arteries, called atherosclerosis, which blocks blood flow to the heart and increases the risk for heart attack.
Signs That You Could Be Having a Heart Attack
It’s important to catch the signs of a heart attack as soon as possible so that you can get emergency help. Call 911 if you experience any of the warning signs:
- Chest discomfort (Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes – or it may go away and then return. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.)
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body (pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach)
- Shortness of breath
- Breaking out in a cold sweat
Why a Heart Scan Can Save Your Life
You may be thinking, “How do I know if I have plaque or a blocked artery?” A heart scan is the only non-invasive way to determine whether you have coronary artery disease. If you find out that you have plaque buildup, then you can do something to reverse it. It’s best to catch it as early as possible.
Cardiac scans, which measure calcium deposits in the coronary arteries, are a of “hidden” heart attack risk. It’s good to know where you stand because it enables you to make take steps to reduce your risk, such as adopting a healthy eating plan, exercise regimen, and heart-healthy nutritional supplement program.
These scans, which are a type of X-ray, do involve some radiation exposure. However, with sophisticated scanners such as the electron beam CT (EBCT) that we use here at Hotze Health & Wellness Center, you receive about 1 mSv, which is similar to the amount of radiation from a mammogram.
If you are over 40 years old, then you should have a heart scan performed. At Hotze Health & Wellness Center, our EBCT scanner is non-invasive, open, and safe, and emits the lowest radiation in the CT industry. You can have peace of mind knowing that heart disease can be detected, safely and comfortably, in its earliest stages.
Your test result could go one of two ways. You may discover that you are in excellent cardiovascular health and that pain in your chest is likely nothing to worry about. Or you may learn that your risk is greater than you realized, which is obviously worrisome but also motivating to you so that you will take charge of your health.
Ways to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease
Don’t wait, there are things you can start doing today to help you prevent and reverse heart disease naturally:
- Adopt a healthy eating plan of organic fruits and vegetables
- Exercise regularly
- Manage and reduce stress
- Quit smoking
- Reduce or eliminate alcohol intake
- Restore and balance hormones
- Detox regularly
Dr. Hotze’s Heart Pak
My was specifically designed with a combination of heart-healthy vitamins and amino acids that work synergistically towards supporting optimal cardiovascular support. It is a 30-day supply of convenient vitamin packs.
- Vitamin C – 2,000 mg
- L-Proline – 1,000 mg
- L-Lysine – 2,000 mg
- Vitamin K2 – 200 mcg
- Ubiquinol – 100 mg
Heart disease can be reversed, but you have to know what you are up against. We can help you find out and get started on a therapeutic food plan, exercise regimen, hormone balancing, and comprehensive supplement program. Take charge of your health today so you can live your best life!
To schedule a Free Wellness Consultation—via telemedicine or at the Hotze Health & Wellness Center—call us at 281-698-8698 or visit hotzehwc.com. To learn more about heart-healthy supplements, call our Certified Holistic Nutritionists and Vitamin Consultants at Hotze Vitamins at 281-646-1659.