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




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