1. Diet is often seen as the number one cause of heart disease. Yes, too much table salt, trans fats, char broiled food, and sugar all contribute to heart disease. However, it is more important to eat enough of the heart healthy foods, including good oils, lean meats, fresh vegetables and salads, and the right heart healthy supplements.
2. Excess body fat, especially belly fat, is associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Every pound of body fat has one mile of blood vessels. Increased body fat leads to a direct and constant work load on your heart.
3. Infections have been linked to blocked arteries. We all harbour viral infections. One common bacteria is Chlamydia pneumonia, commonly associated with lung infections, and blood vessel infections. Infected blood vessels become sticky and may lead to cholesterol blockages in arteries, especially when you also have sticky cholesterol. Infections also lead to the formation of the blood protein fibrinogen. High levels of fibrinogen increase your risk of stroke.
4. Your thyroid gland controls your metabolic rate. An active thyroid gland protects both your heart and your blood vessels.
5. Toxic metals play a major role in cardiovascular health. High blood pressure has been linked to high blood vessel levels of the toxic metals lead and cadmium. One study reported the toxic metal Antimony in heart muscle cells at 9,000 times higher than acceptable levels. Chelation is an excellent way to remove toxic metals and decrease your risk of heart disease.
6. Diabetes contributes to heart disease. The high levels of blood sugar associated with diabetes cause sugars to move into blood vessels in a process known as glycosylation. Glycosylation makes blood vessels brittle, increasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
7. High uric acid levels, known as gout, is associated with heart disease. Gout results from inadequate protein metabolism and poor fluid movement in your body.
8. Cholesterol may contribute to heart disease. LDL, the so called bad cholesterol, is a building block for hormones and Vitamin D. LDL becomes a problem when it sponges up free radicals, unbalanced chemical structures that literally burn us, and becomes sticky. Sticky LDL may form cholesterol plaques and block arteries. Adequate antioxidants are more important than cholesterol lowering drugs to your good health.