Did you know:
- Seventy million people in the USA have heart disease?
- Heart disease is the chief cause of death among American women of all ages?
- Deaths from cancer in the USA are half as common as death from cardiovascular disease?
- You are at a much greater risk of heart disease if you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, a weight problem, smoke, have diabetes or a family history of heart disease?
Women are known more for their "heart": a lover's warm heart, a mother's love, a wife's loving care of her husband, a daughter's love and care for her parents. But today a woman's heart may also carry a lethal bullet for her.
Did you know that nearly twice as many women in the United States die of heart disease and stroke as from all forms of cancer, including breast cancer? Heart disease is America's number one killer, and that statistic is no different in Tampa Bay.
Here's some more startling statistics:
- 60% of women erroneously listed cancer as the leading cause of death among women. Deaths from cardiovascular disease are twice as common as deaths from cancer in the USA.
- Studies show the most common time for a heart attack to occur is Monday morning. Saturday morning ranks second. Another common time is during the early morning hours, when blood platelets are stickier.
- What's more astounding is that 50 percent of men and 64 percent of women who die from heart disease experience no previous symptoms of it.
These statistics are staggering and like affairs of the heart, health problems of the heart can be very complex and are often unexpected.
Many ask, "What is a heart attack?" Simply, a heart attack is damage to the heart muscle due to loss of blood supply, usually caused by a complete blockage of an artery that supplies blood to the heart muscle.
Several risk factors have been isolated and they are:
- Tobacco smoke
- High blood cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Physical inactivity
- Obesity or overweight
- Use of estrogens
- Excessive alcohol use
Some of the isolated risk factors we have no control over:
- Increasing age
- Sex (gender)
- Family History
- Previous heart attack or stroke or TIA (transient ischemic attack)
Looking on the preventative side, what can women of Tampa Bay do to maintain a healthy heart for yourself and your loved ones?
There are many steps you can take. You probably already know what many of them are from reading the list above like stop smoking, eat a healthy diet with lots of fresh organic fruit and vegetables, get plenty of regular exercise, keep your weight under control along with your blood pressure and blood cholesterol.
Bypass heart surgery is one treatment for heart disease, but at times, it can be ineffective, and costly, not to mention risky. During bypass surgery, about 5 percent of patients have cardiac arrests or strokes and about 1-2 percent actually die.
An alternative step in heart disease therapy is chelation therapy, as offered to the residents of Tampa Bay by LifeWorks Wellness Center.
While its use has not been conclusively demonstrated to treat cardiovascular disease, some researchers believe chelation therapy is a safer, less expensive, less invasive alternative that has shown positive results in improving circulation and blood flow.
Chelation therapy is a non-surgical infusion therapy that has been used for improving circulation and reducing arteriosclerosis in patients with heart disease. Until recently, chelation required a three-hour infusion, but now 30-minute therapy is available, allowing busy Tampa Bay patients to easily fit chelation treatments into their schedules.
Patients seeking to improve circulation and prevent the need for surgery may benefit from an evaluation and course of chelation therapy.
"I am very grateful to be getting this natural way to improve my circulation without any drugs or any need for bypass surgery! I feel a whole lot better since I have been getting Chelation! I am no longer short of breath and can breathe easily. I no longer feel the fatigue and lethargic feelings I used to feel. I have increased energy and a good sense of physical well-being! I feel great! Thanks much!"*
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