natural cures for heart disease

  1. Exercise beats drugs for heart & stroke patients

    Better than drugs for heart disease

    Survive a stroke or a heart attack, and you'll leave the hospital with enough pills to stock a CVS pharmacy.

    But there's something you can do that's every bit as good as those meds, maybe even better -- something far more effective at preventing a second heart attack and stroke.

    And your own doctor probably won't even tell you about it.

    It's having an exercise routine.

    Sure, he'll mention exercise -- but he won't emphasize it, and he'll tell you it's something to do in addition to taking your meds.

    What he won't tell you is that having some form of exercise routine can actually take the place of those meds.

    But it's true, and one new look at more than 300 studies that compared drugs to an exercise routine finds that exercise ties or wins nearly every time. When it comes to diabetes and heart disease, for example, exercise is as effective as drugs at extending life.

    And if you've suffered a stroke, getting into an exercise routine is actually better than meds.

    The only time drugs win is in heart failure patients, where diuretics are more effective than exercise -- but I think this is the exception, not because exercise doesn't work.

    It's because the heart failure itself can make it difficult to get the exercise you need.

    If you've suffered heart failure, work with your doctor on a safe routine program your heart can handle -- and if you do need a diuretic, ask about natural alternatives to prescription meds.

    And for all other conditions, there's a reason your doctor is loathe to mention exercise as an alternative to drugs: He assumes you're not going to follow through on your workout program.

    And, let's face facts here, in most cases it's a pretty safe assumption.

    But you can be the exception and get the movement you need for good health -- because it's a lot easier than you think. Just find something you love that keeps you moving. Do it three or four times a week, and there's your exercise routine -- no gym memberships, sports equipment or fancy workout clothes necessary.

    And as always, don't quit any meds without speaking to your doctor first.

  2. Staying positive can help fight heart disease

    Attitude is everything in disease fight

    It's easy to feel down in the dumps when you're fighting off a chronic disease -- all too easy to slip into the cycle of gloom and doom as you face your own mortality.

    Don't.

    Attitude can play a major role in the fight against any disease, but new research finds stay positive especially important when you're facing one of the nation's leading killers: ischemic heart disease.

    By staying positive, and your risk of death from this disease will plunge by 42 percent, according to the study of roughly 600 heart disease patients.

    The secret isn't in your outlook alone, of course. It's in how your outlook affects everything else -- especially your behavior and how well you take the initiative in fighting the disease.

    If you stay positive, for example, you're twice as likely to get the exercise you need to keep your heart healthy -- and when you get that exercise, your risk of death from heart disease drops by half, according to the study.

    Staying positive can also slash your levels of inflammation and stress hormones and even help you to make other healthy changes -- including the changes to your diet that will help keep your heart strong.

    A positive attitude can even help you to sleep better.

    If on the other hand you're negative or depressed, you're less likely to get any kind of activity at all, and more likely to pick up unhealthy habits -- including drinking and smoking.

    I know staying positive is a challenge when you're fighting off a potentially deadly disease. Just remember that you don't have to fight this battle alone.

    Turn to your family and friends for help and support. And don't forget the power of prayer to give you a little extra strength and calm when you need it most.

  3. The heart-healthy benefits of volunteering

    Volunteering can lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease and heart attack -- and it almost doesn't matter what you do... just that you do something.
  4. Taking magnesium can reduce your heart risk by a third

    The mineral magnesium can decrease your risk of heart disease by 30 percent, according to new research.
  5. Olive oil benefits vs. fish oil benefits

    A new study claims to find no benefit for fish oil -- but that's only thanks to some shady research tricks. Get the real story here.
  6. Heart healthy benefits of having a pet

    Pet ownership is good for your heart, especially if you have a dog. Dog owners are 54 percent likely to get recommended levels of daily activity.

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