August 19, 2009
If preventing a heart attack is simple, why is heart disease the number one killer of Americans?
We’ve all heard the terms associated with heart disease and heart attacks. Blockage, placque, high tryglycerides, clogged arteries, etc.
Most people just figure that the arteries that lead to your heart get plugged up with placque and blood can’t flow through to your heart and WHAMMY, you have a heart attack.
And this is true. But the way it happens may not be what you think.
It happens from the outside in instead of the inside out.
Placque builds up on the inside of your artery walls. So if you thought of your arteries as pipes that you were looking through from end to end, you couldn’t see it because it’s inside the walls of the arteries.
Then what happens is your arteries become inflammed and start to swell. This narrows the space on the inside of the artery for the blood to pass through. If there’s enough inflammation it creates a clot or bulge in the swollen artery which then closes the artery. All from the outer walls of the artery.
So the key to preventing a heart attack is to prevent the inflammation.
The media points to cholesterol as the culprit but your liver makes more cholesterol than you get from the foods you eat.
Inflammation is also caused by what you eat. Wanna know the two biggest culprits?
Sugar and processed oils like vegetable, soybean and canola oil.
So the simple way to prevent a heart attack is to limit your sugar intake and avoid vegetable oils. The best oils to cook with and that are completely healthy for you are olive and believe it or not, coconut oil.
Another simple thing you can do is use your own body weight for exercise. Exercise helps your body to work properly and when done properly, builds a strong heart. You can find out more about what type of exercise is best at www.kevinfurey.com
All the best,
Kevin Furey – The Fitness Vigilante