HEART HEALTH NEWS
Fact: People who get the flu shot lower their heart attack risk by about 36%. “Basically the additional stress on your body in fighting the infection makes you more susceptible to a heart attack,” states Dr. Brion Winston.
“Read labels. If you cannot pronounce the ingredients or picture where they came from, they belong back on the shelf and not in your body.”
In August and September of this year, three new studies (the ASPREE, ARRIVE, and ASCEND trials) have cast some doubt on aspirin’s place in preventing someone’s first harmful cardiovascular event. It is essential to know all the facts regarding these studies and to speak with your health care provider before making any decision regarding your use of aspirin therapy.
High blood pressure affects one in three Americans. High blood pressure is often called “the silent killer,” since most people don’t feel symptoms or notice warning signs. With lifestyle changes, it is possible to lower your blood pressure and reduce medications to treat it.
If you can’t get enough fish oil from your diet, supplements can be purchased over-the-counter or through the pharmacy with a prescription from your doctor. You should refrain from using doses greater than 3-4 grams per day. Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking a medication like fish oils.