Heart health topics grace the front pages of the internet and newspapers every single day. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the united States as well as many other parts of the world. Yet, as with so many other diseases today we are making incredible strides and discoveries in treating heart disease. Treating heart disease is becoming easier, more effective and less expensive than ever before. In honor of heart disease month lets take a look at some of the leading heart health topics in the news today.
1. Medications are more affordable: One of the biggest barriers to effective treatment of heart disease is the cost of care. Many people are simply not able to afford their medications. Today, these medications are becoming more affordable. In November 2011 the statin drug Lipitor became available as a generic drug. Plavix will also have a generic alternative as early as this spring. These two medications could be available for as little as$ 10.00 per month. Currently Plavix runs approximately 200.00 per month and Lipitor runs $100.00-200.00 per month depending on the dosage. You can see that so many more people will benefit from these drugs, lowering their risk of fatal heart disease.
2. New LDL recommendations: Currently the LDL (bad cholesterol) recommendation for those at risk of heart disease is less than 160. The National Cholesterol education Program is considering adjusting that target level to less than 130. If you have had a stroke, heart attack, have diabetes, or are taking cholesterol lowering medication the recommendation will be less than 70. Why? Because If you keep your cholesterol lower for longer periods your risk of a life threatening cardiac event goes down significantly.
3. Stem cells regrow health heart tissue: Stem cells taken from an individuals own heart is showing great promise in the re-growth of damaged muscle tissue after heart attack. Patients suffering from heart failure are also benefitting from this amazing technology. Very exciting stuff!
Researchers will not stop until they have found a cure for deadly heart disease. However, your heart health lies in your hands. Prevent heart disease with a quality diet rich in healthy fats (omega 3s), soluble fiber, plant sterols and stanols, soy and nuts. Add exercise and stress level management to your heart health lifestyle and enjoy a long life with a healthy heart.