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Heart Disease Risk Not Just for Seniors

WebJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Those who typically believe that heart conditions are diseases of the aging population, may be surprised to learn that younger people aged 35-64 are putting themselves at risk of developing heart disease earlier in life. Lifestyle factors, such as smoking, sedentary behavior and unhealthy eating, contribute to the development of obesity and diabetes, as well as high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, all known risks for heart disease and stroke. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), half of all Americans have at least one of the top three risk factors for heart disease—high blood pressure, high cholesterol and a smoking habit. As the leading cause of death in the U.S., heart disease claims more lives than all forms of cancer combined.

Heart disease is a broad term used for a wide variety of symptoms and diseases related to the heart and blood vessels. These can include coronary artery disease or cardiovascular disease; heart rhythm disorders or arrhythmias; congenital heart defects; cardiomyopathy or weakened heart muscle; silent ischemia caused by reduced blood flow to the heart muscle; angina resulting in pain and discomfort caused by arterial spasms, insufficient flow of oxygen and nutrients or narrowing of the arteries; and atherosclerosis, the buildup of fats, cholesterol, calcium and other substances within artery walls, which can block or restrict blood flow.

High blood pressure: Currently, millions of Americans of all ages, including individuals in midlife have high blood pressure. Over time uncontrolled hypertension causes the coronary arteries to narrow and harden due to plaque buildup. This can increase the risk of clots that can block the flow of oxygen and nutrients and cause damage or death to the heart muscle, resulting in heart attack. Lifestyle changes that can help to lower and maintain healthy blood pressure levels include weight loss when needed, regular exercise, stress reduction and improved diet that limits sodium, restricts processed foods and increases whole food consumption, especially foods that contain potassium.

High cholesterol: Per the CDC, more than 100 million adults aged 20 and over have high cholesterol. Young adults with a family history of high cholesterol are mostly likely to develop this condition during their 20’s and 30’s. Startling statistics from 2014 show that more than seven percent, or one in five, U.S. children and teens have unhealthy cholesterol levels. High cholesterol levels in children and teens, linked to heredity, diet, obesity and sedentary behavior, generally follows into adulthood, increasing the risk of heart disease later in life. The initial approach to reducing high cholesterol in children involves lifestyle changes, including weight loss, improved diet and increased exercise.

Smoking: While most children and adolescents have yet to try smoking, the overwhelming majority of adult smokers in the U.S. began smoking before age 18. Per the American Lung Association, cigarette smoking causes detrimental harm and significant health problems among young people. Statistics show that most new smokers are children and teens. Each day approximately 2,500 children under 18 try their first cigarette and more than 400 will become regular daily smokers. Sadly, about half will ultimately die prematurely from a smoking-related disease. Smoking causes an instant and long-term rise in blood pressure and heart rate, reduces the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart, damages blood vessels and doubles the risk of stroke. As smoking is the single most preventable cause of early death, stopping smoking is key to the management of dangerous risks to heart heath. Quitting smoking will reduce the threat of heart disease and the risk for repeat heart attacks and cuts the risk of death by heart disease by half. Stopping is never easy. However, a balanced healthy diet, regular exercise to relieve stress , proper amounts of sleep, encouragement from friends and family, and participation in a support group can all help one break the habit and enjoy a healthier lifestyle at every stage of life.

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Berberine BlendBerberine Blend by Professional Supplement Center®: Berberine Blend is formulated to provide support for overall cardiovascular wellness. Specific ingredients support healthy homocysteine levels, normal blood lipid regulation, free radical neutralization and the maintenance of healthy blood pressure and blood sugar levels already within the normal range. Non-GMO formulation.

Homocysteine FactorsHomocysteine Factors by Pure Encapsulations®: Homocysteine Factors is formulated with active B vitamins in support of the maintenance of healthy homocysteine metabolism. High homocysteine levels, a risk factor for cardiovascular problems, is associated with low levels of vitamins B6, B12 and folate. Gluten free, Non-GMO hypoallergenic formulation.

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Hawthorne Max-VHawthorne Max-V by Douglas Laboratories®: Used traditionally for centuries, hawthorne extract is now recognized for its cardioprotective benefits, which include support for healthy heart and circulatory function. Free of gluten, yeast, soy, dairy, corn, sodium, sugar, starch and artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. Vegan formulation.

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Heart Disease: It Can Happen at Any Age. https://www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/index.html
How High Blood Pressure Can Lead to a Heart Attack. https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/high-blood-pressure/health-threats-from-high-blood-pressure/how-high-blood-pressure-can-lead-to-a-heart-attack
10 ways to control high blood pressure without medication. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/high-blood-pressure/art-20046974
High Cholesterol in Children? It’s All Too Common. https://www.everydayhealth.com/high-cholesterol/symptoms/high-cholesterol-in-young-people/
Tobacco Use among Children and Teens. https://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/smoking-facts/tobacco-use-among-children.html
Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/smoking-and-cardiovascular-disease

Blood Pressure and Dementia Risk

BloodPressureDementiaJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

As high blood pressure doesn’t tend to produce noticeable signs or obvious symptoms, those in mid-life who are unaware of their blood pressure readings would be well advised to visit their healthcare provider. Hypertension is a chronic, progressive, often silent condition that increases the workload of the heart and blood vessels, while decreasing efficient function. Each heartbeat forces oxygenated blood and life-supporting nutrients through the circulatory system to all tissues and organs, exerting pressure on blood vessel walls. When blood pressure remains consistently high, extra strain is placed on the heart and the arteries, weakening and damaging the heart, vessel walls, and organs over time.

Because high blood pressure is a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease, renal failure and premature mortality, blood pressure should be measured at regular intervals. Ideally, we should all strive to keep blood pressure readings below 120/80. It is generally recommended that adults with higher levels take steps to lower or prevent blood pressure from rising any further. Small amounts matter, as those with levels of 135/85 are twice as likely to have a cardiac event or a stoke than an individual with a reading of 115/75.

Perhaps more importantly, new findings from a longitudinal observational study of over 8,000 men and women published in the European Heart Journal supports the hypothesis that high blood pressure at mid-life, but not late life, is linked to increased risk of cognitive decline. The study examined the associations of blood pressure at age 50, 60 and 70 years old. After controlling for risk factors such as health behaviors, stroke, heart failure and other cardiovascular diseases, the researchers found that at age 50, systolic blood pressure of 130 or greater was independently associated with a 38 percent increased chance of developing dementia.

Although a reading of 140 is typically the point where hypertensive medication is recommended, many don’t follow through on taking medications as they often have no symptoms. Yet the potentially damaging strain that high blood pressure places on vessel walls is not limited to the heart; it also affects small vessels in the brain. Vascular risk factors are believed to be a primary cause of dementia, even more so than genetics. As neurological alterations related to hypertension are typically diagnosed after cognitive deficit becomes evident, it is often too late to halt progression of pathological processes. In studies, individuals with hypertension tend to score lower on cognitive tests than those with normal blood pressure.

The findings are clear that uncontrolled hypertension can lead to a series of small strokes, as well as kidney, retina and brain damage over time. In 2017, the American College of Cardiology updated their guidelines for the management of high blood pressure, including pharmacological and lifestyle interventions. Low-risk adults with elevated blood pressure of 120/80 to 129/80 should follow heathy lifestyle guidelines and have their blood pressure evaluated every three months. Nonpharmacologic modifications to reduce BP include: weight loss for overweight or obese patients, a heart healthy diet, sodium restriction and potassium supplementation, as well as increased physical activity with a structured exercise program. Women should be limited to a maximum of one standard alcoholic drink per day and men to no more than two. Steps should also be taken to moderate stress, increase fitness, get regular restful sleep and to definitely not smoke. To accommodate the variety of important issues related to blood pressure management, adults with a high average reading should carefully monitor their vascular risk factors and see their health care provider for follow up.

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HTN ComplexHTN Complex™ by Designs for Health™: This encapsulated formula provides an array of nutrients and herbs that naturally support blood pressure, vascular tone and cardiovascular health. Free of wheat, yeast, soy, gluten, eggs, dairy, corn, artificial colors, flavors, sugar, and preservatives. Non-GMO, vegetarian formulation.

L-ArginineL-Arginine by Pure Encapsulations®: L-arginine supports nitric oxide formation, important for healthy blood vessel dilation, circulation and blood flow. Gluten free, Non-GMO hypoallergenic formulation. Please consult your healthcare provider before taking l-arginine, as l-arginine is contraindicated in certain medical conditions.

Ubiquinol 200 mgUbiquinol 200 mg by Healthy Origins®: On Sale This product supplies ubiquinol as Kaneka QH, an active antioxidant form of CoQ10 for enhanced bioavailability. Clinical studies suggest that CoQ10 has the potential to support lowered blood pressure. Free of gluten, wheat, sugar, salt, starch, yeast, corn, barley, soy, fish, shellfish, nuts, tree nuts, eggs, dairy, preservatives, and artificial ingredients. Non-GMO formulation.

Hawthorne Max-VHawthorne Max-V by Douglas Laboratories®: Rich in bioflavonoids, hawthorn extract has been used traditionally for centuries as a potent cardiovascular tonic to help support healthy cardiac and vascular function. Gluten, yeast, soy protein, dairy, corn, sodium, sugar, starch, and artificial ingredient free, vegan formulation.

SMART Q10™ CoQ10...CoQ10 200 mg by Enzymatic Therapy: Essential for cellular energy, CoQ10 supplementation supports heart and brain health by replenishing levels that naturally decrease with aging. Free of gluten, soy, wheat, yeast, dairy, corn, sugar, preservatives and artificial ingredients. Vegetarian formulation.

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Blood Pressure and Alzheimer’s Risk: What’s the Connection?  https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/healthy_aging/healthy_body/blood-pressure-and-alzheimers-risk-whats-the-connection
Lowering Your Blood Pressure Could Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk, New Research Shows. http://time.com/5362176/alzheimers-prevention/
High Blood Pressure at Age 50 Tied to Dementia Risk. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/12/well/high-blood-pressure-at-age-50-tied-to-dementia-risk.html
2017 Guideline for High Blood Pressure in Adults. https://www.acc.org/latest-in-cardiology/ten-points-to-remember/2017/11/09/11/41/2017-guideline-for-high-blood-pressure-in-adults
Association between systolic blood pressure and dementia in the Whitehall II cohort study: role of age, duration, and threshold used to define hypertension. https://academic.oup.com/eurheartj/advance-article/doi/10.1093/eurheartj/ehy288/5032485
Dementia can be caused by hypertension. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180613101925.htm
What is High Blood Pressure? http://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/high-blood-pressure/the-facts-about-high-blood-pressure/what-is-high-blood-pressure