I have a self help book to share with you regarding something we all are a little scared about and that's heart attacks. This book is called The Heart Health Bible written by John M. Kennedy, M.D.
Heart disease remains the #1 killer of men and women in the U.S., claiming nearly one million lives each year—more than ever before, despite recent advances in medical research that are paving the way for us to live longer, healthier lives. Our supercharged modern lifestyle can still damage our hearts and put us in danger of cardiovascular events. The good news is that in most cases, optimal heart health can be achieved without a prescription, but there’s no “magic bullet” or quick fix—reversing and ultimately preventing heart disease requires a long-term, sustainable approach.
In The Heart Health Bible, Dr. John M. Kennedy draws on more than 20 years of experience as a preventative and interventional cardiologist to offer an empowering approach to heart health with H-E-A-R-T, a five-point plan to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease:
Dr. Kennedy shows how to incorporate each of these steps into your daily routine, creating a foundation for wellness that can save your life. The Heart Health Bible also includes Dr. Kennedy’s 5 For 1 Diet, featuring heart-healthy foods and recipes, as well as a plan to help parents to start their kids on a heart healthy lifestyle.This is actually a pretty good book that has some very valid points on how to take care of yourself and your heart. I do try to follow as many of these as I can. With all of my health issues, sometimes, things will slip by me, but for the most part, I believe in prevention instead of waiting until something happens and then try to fix it.
I have had co-workers who would make fun of me because I ate healthier than they did and they would always say, "Everyone is going to die of something". Well, yes, I agree, and I am not afraid of dying, I am afraid of what happens if you survive. I have seen quite a few people who have had heart attacks and double & triple by pass heart surgeries. None of it is easy or pretty. That is what I am worried about. All the pain and other things that come if you survive.
So, in my opinion, it's better to try and avoid that if at all possible. I never could make any of them understand that. I lost track of most of those people except for one, and sure enough, he did have a massive heart attack and did not survive, so I guess he was right in his instance, but, I bet his wife would still rather have him alive and well.
Dr. Kennedy says there is a 5 Step Plan to prevent and reverse heart disease and it all comes down to these 5 things:
1. H – Heal your blood Pressure:
a. Studies show that if you maintain normal blood pressure you’ll lower your chance of having a stroke by 20-50%.
2. E – Energize and Exercise for a healthy heart:
Know the duration of your idea exercise routine. Healthy adults aged 18-65 yrs. Need moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity for a minimum of 30 min, five days a week or vigorous-intensity aerobic activity for 20 minutes, three days per week. You can meet this recommendation by walking briskly for 30 min. 2X during the week and then jogging for 20 minutes on the other two days.
a. Walking briskly for three to five hours a week can cut your risk of heart disease by as much as 35%.
3. A – Act on Fat:
Know your goal Body Mass Index (BMI). For adults, an ideal BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9. A person with a BMI over 24.9 is considered overweight.
a. Being overweight can increase your chance of developing heart disease by 32%.
4. R – Reduce your blood sugar:
Know your goal blood sugar. Normal fasting blood sugar is less than 100 mg/dL. If it’s 126 mg/dL or higher, you have diabetes.
a. If you have diabetes and you maintain normal blood sugars or achieve “tight glycemic control,” you can decrease your risk for heart disease by 20% or more.
5. T – Tackle Triglycerides:
Know your goal cholesterol. Normal total cholesterol is less than 100 mg/dL. LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, should be less than 100 mg/dL or less than 70 mg/dL if you’ve already had a heart attack or vascular disease. HDL, or “good cholesterol, should be greater than 60 mg/dL. Triglycerides (a form of fat in the blood) should be less than 150 mg/DL.
a. By lowering your cholesterol, your risk for heart disease drops within six months. By maintaining healthy levels, you can drop risk by up to 75% within two years.
About the Author:
Dr. John M. Kennedy, co-author of The 15 Minute Heart Cure: The Natural Way to Release Stress and Heal Your Heart in Just Minutes a Day, works as the Director of Preventive Cardiology and Wellness, Marina Del Rey Hospital, Marina Del Rey, California. He is on the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association and speaks regularly on their behalf. His special interest, which is highlighted in his book, is stress and how it adversely affects our delicate cardiovascular system.
He lectures regularly on the subject and has helped companies educate employees on how to manage stress in the workplace. In addition, Dr. Kennedy emphasizes that heart disease remains the number one killer in America despite advances in technology. He emphasizes that heart disease affects many of us and starts early with early signs seen in our children. Recognizing the growing prevalence of the disease which has been shown to start at a young age, Dr. Kennedy also lectures to children about the importance of diet, exercise and stress management in his lecture entitled, Big Mind, Brave Heart, Bright Future.
Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.