heart failure

  1. STOP heart failure…and SAVE your life

    A failing heart’s not like a failing grade.

    It’s more like the failing engine… on a jumbo jet… while it’s in flight and carrying the most important passenger you can think of.

    You!

    You can’t un-fail a heart. It’s struggling for every beat – which is why it’s critical to stop this condition BEFORE it strikes.

    And new research now reveals the best way to do exactly that, cutting your risk nearly in half.

    It works even if you’re a little older

    Even if you’re already at risk

    And even if you’re worried that you might be just one little step away from your own heart failure.

    But you can STOP IT with a single, common-sense step– and it’s something I’d urge you to try anyway even if you DON’T think you’re at risk…

    Because this one change could PROTECT your heart and SAVE your life!

    Stop the failure and protect what matters most

    The trick is in something called “DASH”…

    It stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, and when the word “diet” pops up I know you want to roll your eyes. (That’s what I want to do whenever I hear the word, too.)

    But trust me… it’s NOT like that…

    This isn’t a diet where you have to carefully count calories or measure portions. You’re not forking back frozen meals or attending meetings.

    And even though it was created to help protect the heart and cut blood pressure, you DON’T have to track your salt intake.

    That alone is enough reason to give it a shot!

    But once you follow this diet, something else happens; something even more important than lower BP.

    It’s as if the power comes back on in your heart and the risk of failure will PLUNGE…

    In older folks under the age of 75, this diet cuts the risk of heart failure by 40 percent.

    OK, so what’s the catch?

    There really isn’tone.

    I’ve shared with you the convenience and ease of the Mediterranean diet. This is pretty much a modified version of exactly that: limit red meat, get healthy fats from fish, eat more produce and avoid processed foods.

    The “tweaks” that turn it from the Mediterranean diet into DASH involve eliminating alcohol and restricting dairy, which are two modifications I already recommend in most cases.

    Along with cutting the risk of heart failure, these same dietary changes can protect against other common heart conditions as well as stroke, and may even help ward off everything from bone breaks to dementia, too.

  2. Heart failure linked to common pollutants

    Could your heart fail… from BREATHING?

    It’s one of the deadliest conditions you could have – and unfortunately, it’s all too common.

    Nearly 1 in 10 American deaths involve heart failure. And with some 6 million others battling the condition right now, more are joining them every day.

    You can work your tail off to avoid this disease (as you should), but new research reveals how you could STILL get it anyway.

    You’re being undermined -- right now -- and it’s because of something happening right under your nose!

    Common air pollutants could set the stage for the damage in the heart that leads to all sorts of trouble, up to and including heart failure.

    We’re not talking about the levels you’d see in India or China.

    We’re not even talking about the amounts of pollution just up the coast from me in infamously smoggy Los Angeles.

    Even very low levels of pollution -- levels you could be exposed to right now -- can trigger the damage.

    The new study focused on two forms of common pollution: nitrogen oxide (a.k.a. NO2) and particulate matter 2.5 (a.k.a. PM2.5).

    When you inhale this stuff – and we all do – you could suffer very small amounts of damage in your vital organs, especially the heart. In the new study, even low levels of exposure caused the ventricles of the heart to swell.

    Not a lot, mind you.

    Just a little bit.

    But these heart chambers aren’t meant to swell at all.

    Even a very small change in the chamber size can put you on the path toward heart failure, with some of the people in the study showing the signs of being in the “pre-clinical” stages of the disease.

    Ready for the TRULY scary part?

    The amount of PM2.5 that triggered these changes was well BELOW what the EPA considers to be “safe.” Ditto for NO2.

    As I mentioned earlier, you don’t have to live in Smog City to hit these levels. In fact, most of the people in the study who had the exposure… and suffered the damage… didn’t live in big cities at all.

    That means there’s at least some chance that you’re being exposed to toxic particles – and in amounts higher than your heart can handle.

    Along with heart failure, these same pollutants have been linked to everything from heart disease to neurodegenerative disorders.

    To protect yourself, you don’t have to wear a moon suit with your own air supply.

    Just get an air purifier with a HEPA filter to help remove the particles from your indoor air.

    Dust and vacuum regularly – and wear a surgical mask when you do – and you can minimize the exposure and the risk and enjoy cleaner air at the same time.

  3. Heart failure linked to low D

    This one simple nutrient can STOP heart failure Every day's a little shorter now, and that can mean only one thing: It's harder than ever to get your vitamin D! Most folks don't get what they need even at high noon in summer, simply because they don't go outside or (wisely) cover up when they do. But it's an even...
  4. Heart failure is deadlier than cancer

    STOP heart failure and SAVE your life! It's time to get serious, my friend. If you've got heart failure, you're WAY past the "warning" stage. You're in the "time's running out" stage -- and if you don't make some changes stat, you could find that last grain of sand dropping out of your hourglass sooner than you think. And while...
  5. Stop heart failure from turning deadly

    What you need to know about heart failure Ignorance might be bliss in some cases -- but not when it comes to heart failure! Despite what you've heard... despite what your own doc will tell you... it's possible to live long and live well even if you're battling heart failure. But you can't do either if you don't know what...
  6. Heart failure getting worse

    Your TRUE risk of heart failure Don't have heart failure? Don't rest too easy. We might be making a lot of progress in the fight against killer diseases, helping the folks who have them to live longer and better than ever. Even cancer is no longer the killer it was back when folks wouldn't even say the "c word" aloud...
  7. Heart failure linked to eating too much meat

    Heart failure is so deadly that half of the people who have it die within five years – and it turns out that you could be raising your own risk by eating too much meat.
  8. Heart failure worsened by common meds

    Heart failure is a killer… but common medications including painkillers and blood pressure meds can make it far worse.
  9. Heart failure warning signs your doctor won’t spot

    Heart failure doesn’t show up out of the blue. Some 60 percent of older Americans have the early warning signs. Here’s what to look out for.
  10. Heart failure survival depends on activity levels

    Heart failure doesn’t have to be a death sentence! There’s a simple way to cut your risk of dying from this disease, even if you already have it.
  11. Why heart failure patients need vitamin D

    Heart failure is when the heart can’t pump as much blood – but new research shows how vitamin D can help restore some of that ability and improve the condition.
  12. Common sleep drugs can kill heart patients

    Heart failure patients who take sleep drugs have a higher risk of heart problems and even death, new research finds.
  13. Drug side effects make you feel worse

    Drug given for many common conditions can actually worse other common diseases, a new study confirms.
  14. Too much sugar leads to heart failure

    New research shows how eating sugar can cause your body to produce a substance that can lead to heart failure.
  15. Prescription painkillers increase heart risk

    Common NSAID painkillers can increase the risk of heart attack and death, according to a new study.
  16. Different types of depression in heart patients

    Common mood disorders such as depression and anxiety can increase the risk of death in heart patients.
  17. Treat heart failure with benefits of CoQ10

    Patients with heart failure can get all-natural support from coenzyme Q10, with new research showing it can increase the flow of blood.
  18. Moderate drinking could cause heartbeat problems

    Moderate drinking may not be healthy for everyone -- and for some people, it could raise the risk of a dangerous heart rhythm disorder.
  19. Light exercise can improve stroke & heart attack recovery

    Exercise is important for everyone -- but new studies show how even light exercise and stretching can be essential to stroke and heart attack survivors.
  20. Poor sleep habits raise stroke risk

    Poor sleep has been linked repeatedly to poor health, and new research shows how not getting enough sleep can increase your risk of a stroke.

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