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Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among Americans; direct cause of 500,000 deaths in the United States each year and kills 7 million worldwide.  According to the American Heart Association (AHA)'s Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics 2004 report, diseases of the heart continue to claim more lives than all major causes of death. This adds up to more than 1.4 million deaths in the United States each year according to the most recent statistics from the AHA.

Cardiovascular disease is not one single disease or condition; it is a group of different disorders that affect your heart and blood vessels, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Some types of cardiovascular disease occur from birth, and others are developed over a lifetime.  More than 71 million American adults suffer from at least one type of cardiovascular disease.  The most firmly established risk factors for cardiovascular disease are high blood pressure, smoking, high blood cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, inactive lifestyle, and family history.  Centers for Disease Control stated that a 10-percent reduction in cholesterol correlates to a 20- to 30-percent reduction in incidence of cardiovascular disease.  Also, studies show that lowering blood pressure can cut your risk of stroke by about 40-percent.  Dietary supplements that control top risk factors such as cholesterol and blood pressure help to maintain healthy arteries and provide defense against cardiovascular disease.  To learn more about specific cardiovascular conditions and diseases click here

The major cardiovascular diseases (CVD) include:

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  • Coronary (or ischemic) heart disease
  • Cerebrovascular disease (stroke)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Heart failure
  • Rheumatic heart disease
  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO), effective strategies to prevent  CVD and manage the disease include: (1) Substituting saturated fat and trans fat with non-hydrogenated unsaturated fats (especially polyunsaturated fat); (2) Increase consumption of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil or vegetable sources; (3) Consume a diet high in fruits and vegetables (rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants, nuts, and whole grains; (4) Avoid salty and sugary foods; (5) Perform at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily

    We offer a variety of heart health products that provide effective and natural ways to control the risk factors (e.g., cholesterol, blood pressure, etc) associated with CVD.  These include: antioxidant formulas containing CoQ10, pomegranate, pycnogenol, selenium, whole fruits & vegetables, or grape seed extract;  cholesterol control supplements containing phytosterols (plant sterols), garlic, or oat bran fiber; multifunctional nutritional supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids (from fish oil or flax seed oils), or chromium picolinate.  Fish oil keeps heart in rhythm.

    Related Research Reports:

    Omega-3 EPA linked to heart disease protection   February 04, 2007
    People with high cholesterol levels and taking statins reduced their frequency of major cardiac events by about 20 per cent when supplemented with the omega-3 of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), researchers have reported... Read

    Sterols in capsules effective for cholesterol cuts   April 27, 2007
    Regular use of plant sterol esters in capsules improved blood lipid levels and may reduce heart disease risk, says a new study said to be the first to examine the efficacy of sterols in capsules in humans... Read

    Soy effective for cholesterol cuts - meta-analysis   May 07, 2007
    Soy isoflavones and proteins are effective at reducing cholesterol levels and offer significant benefits for cardiovascular health, suggests a new meta-analysis from Japan... Read

    Study: Whole grains lower risk of heart problems   May 28, 2007
    Whole grains, such as oatmeal, barley and brown rice, offer heart benefits that include a lower risk of heart disease and stroke, researchers found. Adults who ate 2.5 servings of whole grains each day were nearly 25% less likely to develop cardiovascular disease than those who rarely ate whole grains, the study revealed. Reuters (5/28)

    Green tea extract may boost blood vessel health   May 31, 2007
    The heart healthy reputation of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), the main extract from green tea, may be due in part to improvement in blood flow through the vessels, suggests a clinical trial from the US... Read

    Severe heart attacks linked to bad fat intake August 1, 2007
    A diet rich in saturated and trans fatty acids increases the risk of severe heart attacks, research from Canada has found... Read

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