A Smart Woman's Guide to Heart Health: ...And the Hearts of the Men They Love by Lorna R VanderhaegheA Smart Woman's Guide to Heart Health: ...And the Hearts of the Men They Love by Lorna R Vanderhaeghe

A Smart Woman's Guide to Heart Health: ...And the Hearts of the Men They Love

byLorna R VanderhaegheAs told byMichelle Hancock

Paperback | March 31, 2010

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Heart disease is North America's leading killer, affecting one in three people and more women than men. Yet this epidemic is preventable and reversible. Regardless of age, you do not have to be one of the millions of people who suffer in hospitals, fill drug prescriptions and require expensive operations.

Heart Smart for Women and the Men They Love provides a fast, safe and effective program for heart disease prevention and treatment. Learn about:

  • Why women are more vulnerable than men
  • What doctors don't tell you about low thyroid's effects on the heart
  • How inflammation and mercury toxicity affect heart health
  • Which foods are super heart-helpers and which to avoid
  • The latest supplements for lowering cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Heart-smart and simple exercise programs to strengthen your heart
  • Tools you need to de-stress and love your life
Lorna R. Vanderhaeghea woman's health expert, has been writing about nutritional medicine for over 25 years. The author of 10 books, she uses her background in health studies and biochemistry to educate people on how to combine mainstream medicine with scientifically-backed nutrients and diet changes to achieve optimal wellness.Michell...
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Title:A Smart Woman's Guide to Heart Health: ...And the Hearts of the Men They LoveFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:March 31, 2010Publisher:Fitzhenry & WhitesideLanguage:English

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Introduction"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all."— Aristotle       Nobody suspected Grandma Ruby had heart problems until she collapsed on Christmas Day while preparing dinner. To her family and friends, she'd always seemed invincible. A tireless housekeeper never without a dishcloth in her hands or a leaf blower hoisted on her back. A seasoned cook who spoiled guests with enough food to feed half the neighborhood. Even Ruby might not have suspected she had heart disease, a condition that affects millions and millions of North Americans. With her hardworking, old-school mentality, Ruby probably would have treated symptoms like breathlessness and tightness in the chest as an annoyance, a burden to bear, something not even worth a trip to the doctor. Tragically, had she sought help earlier and taken more proactive measures, Ruby probably would have lived past her mid-seventies.       There is a Grandma Ruby in everybody's life, a best friend, a coworker, a partner, a cousin, or a sibling who has heart disease. In fact, heart disease afflicts one in three Americans. A heart attack or stroke kills someone every seven minutes in Canada.       Incredibly, the bulk of these deaths is women. And did you know our chance of being struck down by heart disease increases as we age? Today, women are more likely to die of a heart attack than of breast cancer, a surprising fact to many.       Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is an umbrella term for diseases and injuries of the heart (including valve and rhythm issues), heart failure, diseases of the blood vessels, and stroke. And for decades, the mental image of a red-faced man clutching his chest has dominated the media. However, we are now realizing , and publicizing , that due to a variety of factors, women are just as vulnerable as men to diseases of the cardiovascular system.Startling StatisticsEvery 37 seconds, an American dies of cardiovascular disease (CVD) About 80,000,000 American adults (one in three) have one or more types of CVD Every 7 minutes, someone in Canada dies from heart disease or stroke Cardiovascular disease accounts for one-third of Canadian deaths About 70,000 heart attacks occur each year in Canada, resulting in 19,000 deaths       Over the past decade, the number of heart attack-related hospitalizations has risen steadily. And the personal costs are tremendous. For those who survive, heart disease can be a debilitating condition, affecting relationships and quality of life to deep degrees.       Although heart disease is a leading killer, there is an upside: it is preventable, and reversible. Like other progressive diseases such as diabetes and cancer, heart disease doesn't have to result in millions of patients who clutter hospitals, fill drug prescriptions, and require expensive operations. No matter what our age, regardless of whether we are 19 or 90, we can strengthen our hearts. We have the power within ourselves to make educated choices about diet, lifestyle, exercise, and supplements, and our bodies will reward us with disease-free vitality.       Diet is the first pillar of heart health. Well, maybe "diet" is the wrong word. Diet implies changing our eating habits for a designated period of time. Eating for our heart means making long-term changes to what's on our plate and in our glass. You do not want to be like most people who change their diet only upon diagnosis of a disease. Be proactive. By eating the Heart-Healthy way, you will not only help your heart, you will also provide your body with the nutrients and protective elements it needs to prevent and alleviate other degenerative ailments.       Related to diet is nutritional supplementation. Is supplementing really necessary, you might ask, if you are already doing everything else? The answer is a resounding "yes." Specific nutrients have been shown to have a markedly beneficial effect on ailing hearts, high cholesterol, and blood pressure. Even late-stage heart disease and post-surgery conditions can benefit from vitamins, minerals, and nutrients such as magnesium, coenzyme Q10, sytrinol, pycnogenol, and essential fatty acids.       Physical activity is another big component of any heart health program. A sedentary lifestyle weakens the heart and disrupts blood sugar levels, immunity, mental health and hormones. Conversely, getting fit is the cheapest and most effective therapy for overall health improvement. We will cover all this in Chapters 9 and 10.       No heart book is complete without discussion of stress reduction and management. Many risk factors for heart disease are exacerbated by stress. Stress itself is toxic for the heart. Related to stress is anxiety. Often panic attacks are mistaken for heart attacks, highlighting this very fundamental connection. There are various anti-stress and mental/ emotional health strategies that play a valuable role in heart disease prevention and treatment.       Your heart will thank you for picking up this book because it means you want to make life changes. Maybe you have recently received a diagnosis you do not like. Maybe your cholesterol readings have been climbing for years but now they are dangerously high. Maybe you have a strong family history of heart disease that you want to avoid. It's never too early, or too late, to think about how to strengthen your hardworking heart. By combining a heart-healthy diet and key nutritional supplements with exercise and stress reduction strategies, you will quickly begin to strengthen and protect your heart.

Table of Contents


Content
  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. ALL ABOUT THE HEART
      Heart and Arteries: Friends for Life
      One Powerful Pump
      Our Artery Helpers
      Clogged Pipes
      The Role of Cholesterol
      Free Radicals and Antioxidants
      When Plaque Ruptures
      Other Heart Conditions
        Arrhythmias
        Valve Disorders
        Heart Failure
  • HEART DISEASE RISKS
      Age
      Gender
      Low Thyroid and Hormones
      The Truth about HRT and Heart Disease
      Estrogen Does Not Predict Heart Disease Risk
        The Coronary Drug Project
        The HERS Trial
        The Phase Study
        The WHI Study
        The PEPI Trial and Bioidentical Progesterone
      What Is a Woman to Do?
      HRT - Calcium and Magnesium
      Family History
      Smoking
      Obesity
      Inactivity
  • THE LOWDOWN ON CHOLESTEROL AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
      Good Cholesterol
      Triglycerides
      Lipoprotein(a) and Apolipoprotein B
      Homocysteine: Too Much of a Good Thing
      High Iron: Dangerous
      Fibrinogen: Blood Clot Indicator
      C-reactive Protein: Inflammation Agent
      High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
        Systolic vs. Diastolic
  • DIABETES AND DEPRESSION: DOUBLE TROUBLE
    Content
    1. INTRODUCTION
    2. ALL ABOUT THE HEART
        Heart and Arteries: Friends for Life
        One Powerful Pump
        Our Artery Helpers
        Clogged Pipes
        The Role of Cholesterol
        Free Radicals and Antioxidants
        When Plaque Ruptures
        Other Heart Conditions
          Arrhythmias
          Valve Disorders
          Heart Failure

    3. HEART DISEASE RISKS
        Age
        Gender
        Low Thyroid and Hormones
        The Truth about HRT and Heart Disease
        Estrogen Does Not Predict Heart Disease Risk
          The Coronary Drug Project
          The HERS Trial
          The Phase Study
          The WHI Study
          The PEPI Trial and Bioidentical Progesterone
        What Is a Woman to Do?
        HRT - Calcium and Magnesium
        Family History
        Smoking
        Obesity
        Inactivity

    4. THE LOWDOWN ON CHOLESTEROL AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
        Good Cholesterol
        Triglycerides
        Lipoprotein(a) and Apolipoprotein B
        Homocysteine: Too Much of a Good Thing
        High Iron: Dangerous
        Fibrinogen: Blood Clot Indicator
        C-reactive Protein: Inflammation Agent
        High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
          Systolic vs. Diastolic

    5. DIABETES AND DEPRESSION: DOUBLE TROUBLE
        Steady Sugar Destruction
        Not Sweet for the Heart
        Sugar Speeds Aging
        Lifestyle Is the Best Drug
        Diabetes Prevention
        The Adrenal Connection
        Heart Disease Linked to Depression
        Women More At Risk
        Achy, Breaky Heart
        Formulate Your Heart Health Plan
        Lifesaving Support
        Anger Hurts the Heart
        Anxiety - The False Heart Attack

    6. HEART-SMARTEN UP ON CARBS AND FATS
        What Is a Carbohydrate?
          Food Glycemic Index
          The Low-Glycemic Solution
        Hearts Love Fibre
        Fat Phobia
        Saturated Fats
        The Coconut Truth
        The Deadliest Fats
        Unsaturated Fats: Not Just Good but Fabulous
        Why We Need Essential Fats
        Omega-3 Superstars
        Mercury Hinders the Heart
        Echium: A Premium Heart Oil
        Echium Fights Inflammation

    7. EAT THE HEART-HEALTHY WAY
        Protein Provides Power
        The Protein Difference
        The Soy Story
        Calcium Can Clog Arteries
        Eat Like a Mediterranean
        Preserve Heart Longevity
        Powerful Pomegranate
        Dangerously Sugary Drinks
        Caffeine in a Cup
        The Sodium-Potassium Connection
        Pumping Up Potassium
        Mighty Magnesium
        Multipurpose Heart Mineral

    8. HEART HEALTH PERSONAL ASSESSMENT
        How Did You Score?

    9. HEART-HEALTHY RECIPES
        Getting Started
        No Fake Sweeteners
        More Heart-Healthy Cooking Tips
          Breakfast
          Appetizers, Dips, and Snacks
          Dressing
          Salads
          Soupy Stuff
          Vegetables
          Main Dishes
          Condiments
          Desserts and Baked Stuff
          Spreads & Egg Replacement

    10. HEART-HEALTHY NUTRIENTS
        Sytrinol Lowers Cholesterol and Triglycerides in 30 Days
          Sytrinol Keeps Arteries Clear
          Sytrinol Is a Powerful Antioxidant
          Sytrinol Improves Your LDL:HDL Ratio
          Sytrinol's Five Actions Maintain a Healthy Heart
        Pycnogenol Protects the Heart
          Pycnogenol Lowers High Blood Pressure
          Pycnogenol - Blood Clot Preventer
          Pycnogenol Repairs Capillaries
          Pycnogenol Prevents Fat Deposition in Artery Walls
        Coenzyme Q10 - The Heart Superstar
          Statin Drugs Deplete Q10
          Statins Increase Breast Cancer Risk
          CoQ10 Lowers Blood Pressure
          Cardiovascular Benefits of CoQ10
        Marvelous Magnesium
          Potassium and Sodium Need Magnesium
          Magnesium Protects Against Stroke
          Magnesium Lowers Bad Choleste
          While Increasing Good
          Magnesium Regulates Blood Pressure
        Multivitamins and Minerals to the Rescue
        Niacin - Proven Cholesterol-busting Vitamin
          Non-flushing Niacin for Intermittent Claudication
          Non-flushing Niacin Lowers Fibrinogen
        Your Daily Heart Health Nutrient Program

    11. HEART HEALTH FITNESS TRAINING
        Weights: Invaluable for Heart Health
        Equipment
        Core Training Tips for Your Program
        Program Outline
        Warm-up (everyday)
        Conclusion

    12. HOW TO TAME STRESS
        Fight or Flight: Our Genetic Legacy
        Why We Need to Relax
        Anti-stress Strategies
          Deep Breathing
          Yoga: Ancient Practice Has Heart
          Meditate Stress Away
          Simple Meditation Exercise

    13. THINK HAPPY, LIVE WITH HEART
        Healing Heart Visualization
        Do You Live with Heart?
        Have a Positive Outlook
        Laughter: The Best Medicine?
        Self-honesty: Emotions and Expression
        Final Cardio Sense
        A Heart Health Conclusion
      REFERENCES AND RESOURCES
      INDEX