Heart Health In The News

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.

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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.

 

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8 Responses to Heart Health In The News

  1. Lisa February 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    It is great to know about the stem cells and their use for repairing damaged muscle tissue from heart attacks. Science has really come a long way! Of course good old fashioned diet and exercise would prevent a lot of heart attacks too.

    • adoctorandanurse February 25, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

      I know, lifestyle is everything. I am excited about the potential for stem cell treatments though. I was reading that Suzanne Somers is the first American woman to undergo breast reconstruction surgery using stem cell technology with cells from her own body. The technique was developed in Japan by a Doc named Kotaro Yoshimura. He takes fat tissue from the patients chest area and divides it in half. Stem cells are taken from one half the tissue and then mixed with the second half of the fat tissue and injected into the patients breasts. Then, they grow???? Uh, wow!

      • Lisa February 26, 2012 at 4:09 am #

        That is amazing! I will have to read about that one more. Thanks for the tidbit! (Sometimes lifestyle doesn’t make a big impact when genetics take over. I’ve known several people who took such good care of themselves and cancer still got to them.)

  2. Betty February 25, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    Jana,
    This is an important post you have today! When the hubby had his stroke a couple of years ago, it became the beginning of an eye opening life for the two of us. We were eating and doing all the wrong things to our body’s.
    Now, we eat healthier, walk, listen to our doctors, and take our meds. But it changed our pocket book also. Like you said, Plavix is very expensive! Our pharmacist does NOT carry the generic drug for it yet and with the hubby’s other drugs we are out of pocket every month $410.00 after insurance. That’s not with mine. We have to pay it, theres no choice. Whats the price going to be when he is retired? It scares us! It should scare everyone! The time to save that money is to begin now and take care of your heart, your body, your health. Not wait until you may or may not have a heart attack or stroke.

    • adoctorandanurse February 25, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

      Thank you Betty for sharing your experience. It is very scary, it is just a scary world we live in. I have seen so many people choose not to have treatment or take medications because it was too expensive. It is a huge issue, especially what we pay for insurance coverage. On the other hand, I don’t want government run health care either because the government won’t pay for it either.

  3. Elizabeth February 25, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

    In terms of cardio exercise, what is the recommended amount for a woman in her 20′s to do a day for a healthy heart? I’ve found myself struggling to get in cardio time. How do you know if you’re working hard enough for it to count? Great article!

    • adoctorandanurse February 26, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

      Elizabeth, you would benefit from an article I just wrote for bliss.com. Here is the link: http://cardio.bliss.com/2012/02/14/maximize-your-cardio-workout-results/

      The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends 2.5 hours per week of moderate intensity cardio or 1.25 hours per week for high intensity cardio workouts for everyone ages 18-64.

      Believe me, I know how hard it can be to get in that much time. The recommendations are for a minimum of 10 minutes of aerobic activity at one time preferably spread throughout the week. If you did 11 minutes of high intensity cardio every single day, you would reach your weekly goal. Putting it like that, its not too bad….right????

      Keeping yourself aware of the benefits of exercise and healthy diet is half the battle. Make small goals for your self and you will find they become habit. Best wishes to you my dear!

  4. Zaggora HotPants February 27, 2012 at 3:15 am #

    Great post, and good tips for doing your own part to maintain your heart health.

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