world heart day

Happy World Heart Day with your friends at HempMeds®!

We think about our customers as part of our hemp family. We know you’re taking a daily serving of CBD oil. Have you stopped to think about your heart recently? Today, take a moment to learn about what you can do in addition to your daily CBD serving, for a healthier heart. Adding CBD oil as a supplement to your heart health diet gives your body a heaping serving of cannabinoids, antioxidants, essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and terpenes.

Heart health is at the heart of all health. It’s literally the core of your wellness and body functions. When you take care of your heart it means eating and drinking well, exercising, and stopping smoking. All the things that make you not only healthier, but also feel good and able to enjoy your life to the fullest.

WHAT CAUSES CVD (Cardiovascular Disease)?

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death and disability in the world, killing 17.5 million people a year. That’s a third of all deaths on the planet and half of all non-communicable-disease-related deaths.

There are many risk factors that contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease.  Some people are born with conditions that predispose them to heart disease and stroke, but most people who develop cardiovascular disease do so because of a combination of factors such as poor diet, lack of physical activity and smoking, etc. The more risk factors you expose yourself to, the higher the chance of developing cardiovascular disease.

Many of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease cause problems because they lead to atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is the narrowing and thickening of arteries that can develop for years without causing symptoms. It can happen inside any area of your circulatory system. Around the heart, it is known as coronary artery disease; in the legs it is known as peripheral arterial disease.

The narrowing and thickening of the arteries is due to the deposition of fatty material, cholesterol and other substances in the walls of blood vessels. The deposits are known as plaques. Over time, these plagues stack on one another, occluding the blood flow. The rupture of a plaque can lead to stroke or a heart attack as it travels in your bloodstream until reaching the heart. 

HOW CVD IS DIAGNOSED

There are a number of ways to diagnose coronary heart disease. Your doctor or preferred healthcare professional will have many questions and several diagnostic tests to run in order to establish a snapshot of your current health. A coronary angiogram uses a dye inserted into your arteries and an x-ray to see how the blood flows through your heart. Once the picture is taken (the angiogram) will show any atherosclerosis.

Another non-invasive procedure is an electrocardiogram (EKG). This test records the electrical activity of your heart. An electrocardiogram measures the rate and regularity of heartbeats, the size and position of the heart chambers, the presence of any damage to the heart, and the effects of drugs or devices used to regulate the heart. 

RISK FACTORS FOR HEART DISEASE

There are several risk factors for heart disease. Some you can control, others you can’t.

Ones that can’t be controlled include:

  • Gender (males are at greater risk)
  • Age (the older you get, the higher your risk)
  • A family history of heart disease
  • Being post-menopausal

Still, making some changes in your lifestyle can reduce your chance of having heart disease. Controllable risk factors include:

  • Smoking
  • High LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, and low HDL, or “good” cholesterol
  • Uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Physical inactivity
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Stress and anger

HOW TO LOWER THE CHANCE OF HAVING HEART DISEASE

Developing good and healthy habits and making better choices is really the only way to lower your odds of heart disease. While there are no guarantees that a heart healthy lifestyle will keep heart disease away, it will certainly improve your health in one way or another!

No smoking!

Smokers have more than twice the chance of having a heart attack as nonsmokers. If you smoke, quit. Today! Nonsmokers who are exposed to constant smoke (like those who live with a spouse who smokes or those who work in bars and casinos) also have increased risk. Eliminating exposure to smoke is important.

Improve your cholesterol numbers

Your chance of having heart disease increases as your total amount of cholesterol increases. Your total goal should be less than 200 mg/dl. Your HDL, the good cholesterol, should be higher than 40 mg/dl if you’re male, and higher than 50 mg/dl if you’re female. Your LDL, the bad cholesterol, should be less than 130 mg/dl.

A diet low in cholesterol, saturated fats, trans fat, and simple sugars will help lower cholesterol levels and reduce your chance of having heart disease. Regular exercise will also help lower “bad” cholesterol and raise “good” cholesterol. Cholesterol levels can also be a serious hereditary issue so be sure to speak to your doctor as medications may be needed to help you reach your cholesterol goals. Exercise and healthy go very far, though.

Handle the pressure

About 60 million people in the U.S. have hypertension (high blood pressure). That makes it the most common heart disease risk factor. Nearly 1 in 3 adults has systolic blood pressure (the upper number) over 140, and diastolic blood pressure (the lower number) over 90, which is the definition of hypertension. Like cholesterol, blood pressure treatment should be individualized, taking into account your own chances of having heart disease.

You can help keep a handle on blood pressure through diet, exercise, weight management, and, if needed, medications.

You can’t beat it, but you can manage your diabetes

If not controlled, diabetes can contribute to significant heart damage, including heart attacks, strokes, and death. Blood sugar levels, where the amount of floating glucose in your circulatory system contributes to cardiac disease. You can control diabetes through a healthy diet, exercise, keeping a healthy weight, and medications prescribed by your doctor.

It’s important to remember that signs and conditions are rarely one-off events. The body works together so it’s important to take care of the entire system, not just a symptom after it occurs.

You’ve got to move it-move it!

People who don’t exercise have higher rates of death and heart disease, compared with those who perform even mild to moderate amounts of physical activity. Even leisure activities like gardening or walking can lower your chance of having heart disease.

Most people should engage in aerobic exercise 30 minutes a day, at moderate intensity, on most days. More vigorous activities are associated with more benefits.

Aerobic activities include:

  • Brisk walking
  • Cycling/Spin Class
  • Dancing/Aerobics/Zumba, etc.
  • Swimming
  • Jumping rope
  • Jogging

If walking is your exercise of choice, use a pedometer goal of 10,000 steps a day. Start slow and work yourself up to a quicker pace for longer sessions. Any physical activity that is more than you’re doing now is a great idea. Of course, consult your doctor before starting any exercise program for safety and monitoring. 

Eat good stuff and stuff that’s good for you

A diet low in salt, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, and refined sugars should be your goal. Try to have more foods rich in vitamins and nutrients, especially antioxidants. Get a healthy helping of plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, nuts, and whole grains, too. Of course, our hemp hearts are a great choice as well.

Don’t Let It Weigh On You

Carrying around those extra pounds can put a significant strain on your heart. Research shows that obesity itself increases your odds of having heart disease. A good diet and exercise plan can help you lose weight and lower your chances.

Manage stress

Stress and anger can contribute to a higher risk of heart attacks and strokes. Use relaxation techniques. Manage your time. Set realistic goals. You might want to experiment with some new stress relievers, such as massage, tai chi, or yoga. Whatever helps you blow off steam and feel refreshed.

KEEP YOUR HEART AND BODY WELL-OILED

A healthy diet, plenty of exercise, managing stress, and no smoking are all proven ways to keep your heart muscle strong and as healthy as it can be. CBD oil could also be considered a “best bet” for contributing towards good health.

CBD, like all cannabinoids, interacts with your native endocannabinoid system. This central system’s role is the maintenance of the body’s homeostasis, defined as maintaining equilibrium in a system despite outside influences and fluctuations. Everyday stress, worry, and aches and pains all work together to throw us off balance. The endocannabinoid system helps balance your body’s system to keep that from happening.

Our understanding of CBD cannabis oil is rapidly expanding and we’re more aware today than ever of the cannabinoid’s potential. Studies on CBD’s natural health benefits are extensive and groundbreaking research is being done regularly. We suggest you review the wide body of scientific research on CBD to get a better understanding of the cannabinoid’s health value. Remember, our hemp oil contains many of the 113 different cannabinoids (that we currently know of). 

Note: Because our CBD hemp oil products are categorized as dietary supplements in the United States, we comply with the FDA’s DSHEA guidelines and cannot endorse any specific medical benefits of CBD or our hemp oil.

We encourage you to browse the thousands of reputable studies regarding CBD published online and talk with your doctor to see if a CBD supplement is right for you. If you’d like to try our oils, now click here to head to our store and save up to $100 on our CBD liquids. Don’t wait, the sale only lasts until midnight, September 31, 2017.

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