What Does High Cholesterol Do?

October 16th, 2010 by admin

How good and bad cholesterol affect our bodies. Watch this and more health videos at: http://www.answerstv.com/health

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Why is having High Cholesterol bad?

September 12th, 2010 by admin

 

 

I was just at my doctor and was told I have high cholesterol after getting my blood work results back. I didn’t have much time to go into detail with my doc on the factors associating with that. The normal average healthy range is 100 and below. I’m at 130 in cholesterol level. So, why is it bad to have high cholesterol? I was told to eat more high fiber foods which will help and to make sure what I am eating does not have any cholesterol. What risk factors come with high cholesterol? Also, I only eat twice a day and so are there any supplemental vitamins to take?

Your body needs very little cholesterol, and the cholesterol that cannot be put to good use is taken up by your immune system (white blood cells). These white blood cells become bloated, and deposit on the walls of your arteries, forming plaques, and contributing to arterial blockages, high blood pressure, and heart disease. The fiber will help because it is non-digestible, and has some similar chemical characteristics as cholesterol. These similar characteristics allow you to poo out the cholesterol instead of absorbing it. As far as supplements go, there is always a debate going about whether they help. I say that if you have a low-nutrient diet, taking a multi-vitamin can’t hurt. I hope that helps!

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How to Lower Your Triglycerides Levels (See VIDEO Below)

September 5th, 2010 by admin

 

Triglycerides can build up on the walls of your arteries and raise your risk for having a stroke, heart attack or developing heart disease. Becky Captain, RN, BC, FNP-C, nurse practitioner with Cardiovascular Consultants of the St. Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, explains how lowering your triglyceride levels can benefit your cardiovascular health.

Triglycerides are a fatty substance within the blood stream (bad cholesterol). They often come from the things we eat: starches, carbohydrates, and the simple sugars consumed on a regular basis. Triglycerides levels can be lowered by decreasing these items from the diet, raising activity and aerobic exercise most days of the week, and by increasing the amount of omega-3 fish oils consumed on a daily basis.

Becky also explains several new insights in plaque development and answers many questions regarding coronary heart disease. Today we know that plaque starts inside the lining of the artery wall before protruding into the artery and eventually blocking blood flow. Plaque in the artery is much like a zit, in that it becomes inflamed, festers, and will eventually burst. When it bursts it will explode into the interior of the artery. This burst is what causes cardiac attack or death.

It is important to have all the risk factors under control in order to prevent the plaque from bursting. Regular aerobic exercise is the number one way to ensure you have a thick cap over your plaque. This thick cap will help keep the plaque from bursting, and keep you away from risk of cardiac problems. If you suffer from heart risk factors, it is strongly recommended that you see a health care provider. A cardiac scan may be necessary in order to determine if you have calcified plaque deposits in your heart arteries. An angioplasty or stent or open-heart surgery, you have plaque in your arteries. If you do have plaque, you are at risk for developing heart events. For more information go to www.cardiotabs.com.

 

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