- Multivitamins: Your multivitamin is chock-full of heart-healthy micronutrients, such as magnesium, calcium and vitamin D.
- Folate: This B vitamin lowers homocysteine to healthy levels. Since folate from food is only partially absorbed by your body, take a 400-mcg folic acid supplement. Make sure you're getting enough B6 and B12, too, because folate can mask a deficiency in these.
- Niacin: This drug appears to decrease the production of triglycerides in the body, which might be the mechanism that allows the body to decrease LDL levels. (Check with your doctor before taking a large dose.)
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What supplements can help protect my heart?
RealAge answeredCertain nutrients and supplements can work preventive wonders for your heart, including:
Are there alternative treatments for valvular heart disease?
Piedmont Heart Institute answered
There are both alternative and home remedies for valvular heart disease. Alternative remedies include taking dietary supplements such as Coenzyme Q-10 (Co-Q 10), flaxseed, omega-3 fatty acids (fish and plant sources), plant stanols and sterols, and oats; many of these are available at health food stores. Some home remedies may also be suggested by your doctor, such as stopping smoking, exercising, lowering or managing stress, keeping your weight within a healthy range, managing diabetes, eating healthy foods, and being sure to control both cholesterol and blood pressure. It is important to talk to your doctor to make sure that any alternative or home remedies you are taking do not cause problems with any medications you have been prescribed.
What can I do for heart health at New Year’s and into the following year?
The first New Year’s resolution you can make is to protect your heart over the New Year’s holiday itself. Alongside Christmas, New Year’s is one of the most hazardous days of the year in terms of heart health. Researchers aren’t sure why, but more fatal heart attacks occur at Christmas and New Year’s than at any other time of year in the United States. One theory is that people’s routines, including diet and exercise, change dramatically during this period and may contribute to heart attack. So on New Year’s, celebrate, but do so in moderation. Make heart-healthy food choices and limit alcohol consumption.
But what about once you are past the holiday? What heart-health resolutions should you carry forward? Consider the benefits to your heart when you resolve to make changes to your diet or to exercise more. Even modest weight loss (if you are overweight or obese) can reduce your risk of heart disease or slow the progress of existing disease. If you smoke, think about the benefits to your heart when you make that resolution to quit. Tobacco use damages your arteries and can contribute to heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular events. Quitting smoking is one of the most important things you can do for your heart health.
A resolution you may be less likely to consider is to make a doctor’s appointment for yourself or for a loved one. When was the last time you discussed your heart health with your doctor? And do you know a loved one who would be more likely to go to the doctor if you scheduled the appointment or drove him or her to the office?Don’t forget your heart health when you are making New Year’s resolutions. Heart attack is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States, so making a resolution to take care of your heart can be one of the most important things you do to have the highest possible quality of life into the coming year.
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