Each year, over 700,000 people in the U.S. have a heart attack and 400,000 people in the U.S. die of coronary heart disease. Not only is preventing heart disease in patients a main goal to doctors, but early prevention is the next most critical thing.
Almost 80% of heart disease is preventable and can be helped with changes in diet and lifestyle.
Basic Clues That Can Lead to Early Detection of Heart Disease
2. Erectile dysfunction could be another indicator of clogged arteries. If it is difficult or impossible to achieve an erection, this could very easily be an indicator of clogged arteries in the pelvis, which could lead to a heart attack. Research shows there is a 3-5 year lag time between the onset of erectile dysfunction and then finding coronary artery disease. With this being the case, it gives one plenty of time to detect and prevent future heart issues.
3. Oddly enough, a crease in your earlobe might be an indicator of clogged arteries. Specifically, this crease would be an angled crease running diagonally from the ear canal, to the opposite end of the ear lobe. Researchers originally thought this was just a sign of aging, but more recently, a CT scan method of research found that an earlobe crease could be a silent indicator of CHD.
4. Pain in your calf when you walk could mean clogged arteries. This is known as claudication, from the Latin word “to limp.” Atherosclerosis blocks arteries in the legs, commonly seen in people who smoke, and can later lead to diagnosis of coronary heart disease. If you have a symptom like this, it is very important to see a doctor as soon as possible. They will measure the blood pressure in your legs to find out if you have bad blood circulation. If this is an early detection of heart disease, then there are several dietary changes that can be made to help reverse the situation from getting worse.
Dietary Restrictions to Help Clogged Arteries From Getting Worse
- Increase intake of plant based foods
- Lower intake of animal products
- Start a walking regimen
Foods To Eat to Help Keep Arteries Clear
- Fish. Lots of different types of fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce inflammation, triglyceride levels, high blood pressure and heart rhythm disturbances. This fat also helps prevent plaque build up in your arteries.
- Quit Drinking Soft Drinks. As unbelievable as it may sound, 180,000 people die each year from overconsumption of sugary drinks. One way heart disease may set in is from people drinking too many soft drinks, and thus gaining weight, or potentially becoming diabetic and then they suffer from premature heart blockage. Another harmful thing soft drinks do is elevate blood sugars, which coats proteins and fats and makes them harmful to your arteries. Harvard researchers conducted a study over the course of 2 decades and found that women who consumed more than 2 servings of a sugary beverage a day were 40% more likely heart disease than women who drank fewer than this. Men who drank the most soft drinks were 20% more likely to have a heart attack than the group that drank the least amount or sodas.
- Eat Plenty of Vegetables. I know you’ve heard this plenty of times, but the research is proven and always the same that vegetables and fruits are rich in vitamins, fiber, minerals and phytonutrients, which all lead to a healthy heart. Certain examples are that bell peppers, asparagus, and bok choy are packed with B vitamins, especially vitamin B6, which helps to lower an amino acid that is associated with heart disease. Carrots, tomatoes, bananas and oranges are all rich in carotenoids which are antioxidants that are great for heart health.
- Spices & Herbs Can be Medicine For the Body Too. Interestingly, spices are from plants, so they contain some of the same properties that plants use to ward off pests and disease. Similarly, consuming these spices and herbs can protect the cells in our body from disease too. For example, garlic contains allium, which helps to lower cholesterol and reduce blood pressure. Tumeric acts as an antioxidant and can also reduce cholesterol and blood sugar. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties which help to thin blood and cinnamon helps blood flow.
- Leafy Greens. Once again, this is one of those spoke rules that we don’t always follow. Spinach, beets, kale, arugula and other vegetables are rich in nitrates, which are converted into nitric oxide during digestion, and helps the arteries to resist plaque build up, blood coagulation and more. This helps to prevent heart attacks and strokes from occurring.
- Meat that is grass fed. Think of trying to eat meat that is as “naked” as possible. This means trying to get meats that do not have added hormones or antibiotics, artificial colors, pesticides, sodium etc. Look for labels that say “Hormone and antibiotic free.”
- Black Tea, Green Tea, Oolong Tea. These teas have a rich source of plant substances called flavonoids. Flavanoids help neutralize oxidation that occurs in the body. Another ingredient in green tea is called catechins which help protect cells in our body. All three of these teas help stop and prevent heart disease through helping to block cholesterol from being absorbed into the blood stream, reducing inflammation and helping to regulate blood sugar levels. Let the tea steep for 3-5 minutes in order to help boost the level of catechins in it.