According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 610,000 people die of heart disease every year in the United States. It might sound alarming, but the more you know about this set of conditions, the better equipped you will be to prevent them, and promote healthy hearts for yourself and your family. Diet is a key component. And when you’re looking for ways to improve your diet, you can count on the fresh food and heart-healthy vitamins at Sam’s Club®.
What exactly is heart disease? Heart disease is an umbrella term that refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type of heart disease is called coronary artery disease, which is of plaque building up on the walls of the arteries, making it difficult for blood to flow. There are other types of heart disease that are related to heart valves, and their failure to effectively pump blood.
Do you know the risk factors for heart disease? A few contributing factors include lack of exercise, eating an unhealthy diet and smoking. If you have a condition such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes, you may also be at a higher risk for heart disease. By taking care of your heart health now, you can help prevent problems down the line.
What are the best vitamins for the heart? For your convenience, Sam’s Club has a special section for heart-healthy supplements. Here are a few of the most common. Always consult with your doctor before adding supplements to your diet.
You may be familiar with “daily aspirin therapy.” This practice refers to taking one aspirin per day as a preventative measure for heart attacks. People who have had heart attacks are often told by their doctors to take an aspirin each day. If you or someone in your family has a history of heart disease or stroke, ask your health care provider about daily aspirin therapy.
According to the American Heart Association, omega-3 fatty acids are good for those with healthy hearts, those with a high risk for cardiovascular disease and for those who already have some form of cardiovascular disease. They recommend eating fish twice per week. If you don’t enjoy fish or you simply have difficulty eating fish twice per week, fish oil supplements are an option.
Are you getting all the fiber you need from your diet? According to the American Heart Association, a person with a 2,000-calorie diet should aim to eat 25 grams of fiber each day. Soluble fiber has been associated with the reduction of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. Insoluble fiber has been associated with decreased risk of cardiovascular disease and may slow the disease’s progression.