Are You a Heart Attack Waiting to Happen?
Everyone should know the warning signs for a heart attackâ€”but according to Dr. Isaac Eliaz, effective prevention requires much more than a list of
"Heart attacks strike quickly and without warning," said Dr. Eliaz â€” an author, lecturer, researcher, clinical practitioner and product formulator for
natural health supplement manufacturer Econugenics (www.econugenics.com). "So as the national discussion turns to preventing heart attacks during
American Heart Month, the real question isn't whether people can recognize the warning signs, but rather, whether they can recognize if they are at
risk in the first place."
According to the American Heart Association, an estimated 81 million American adults -- more than one in three -- have one or more types of
cardiovascular disease (CVD). Of these, 38 million are estimated to be under 60 years of age.
"And those are just the reported cases," Dr. Eliaz said. "What about the people who have CVD and don't know it or haven't been diagnosed by a
doctor because they haven't seen a doctor? Our mission should be to help these people recognize they are in high risk categories and get checked
According to Dr. Eliaz, high risk factors include:
â€¢ Excessive alcohol consumption
â€¢ A diet high in saturated fat and cholesterol
â€¢ Sedentary lifestyle
â€¢ Glucose intolerance
â€¢ High salt intake
"There are a number of lifestyle options that may avert the condition," he added, referencing a free report he wrote about it at http://cardiobalance.org/.
"The obvious advice, of course, is to maintain a healthy body weight, moderate consumption of alcohol, exercise, reduce sodium intake, alter intake of
calcium, magnesium and potassium, and reduce stress. But there's more than that."
Dr. Eliaz recommended the following tips for heart healthiness:
â€¢ Heart Healthy Diet -- The first and most obvious step is to shed excess weight through exercise and adopting a heart-healthy diet with heavy