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Could You Have a Heart Attack and Not Know It?

Despite the important focus on breast cancer, heart disease is actually the leading killer of women in the United States. One problem is that heart attack symptoms in women aren’t always obvious or the same as in men. Less than 30 percent of women reported having chest pain or discomfort before their heart attacks, and 43 percent reported having no chest pain during any phase of the attack.A National Institutes of Health study showed women’s major symptoms before their heart attack include:

Major symptoms during their heart attack include:

Preventive care goes a long way. Knowledge of your risk factors and doing simple things to control them can help you prevent heart disease. Some risk factors you have control over include:

Regular exercise and a balanced, healthy diet are steps in the right direction to control your risk factors. Make sure your diet includes plenty of phytosterols, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.

Phytosterols help lower LDL, the “bad” cholesterol. In fact, studies show a daily intake of about 2 grams of plant sterols can reduce LDL by about 5 to 15 percent — often within weeks. Studies also show consuming this same amount of plant sterols can reduce total cholesterol levels by 8 to 17 percent. And lowering cholesterol significantly reduces your risk of heart disease.

Anthocyanins, a potent antioxidant, may help prevent atherosclerosis, the clogging of the arteries with plaque that leads to heart attacks and strokes. Another heart-friendly antioxidant is CoQ10. Research shows CoQ10 supplements alone or with other drug therapies may help with a host of problems, including heart disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

Omega-3 fatty acids are another key nutrient for heart health. Studies have shown that omega-3 supplements can help reduce heart attacks and strokes and can slow the progression of atherosclerosis in heart patients. People with existing heart disease may not be able to get enough omega-3 through diet alone.

Nutritional supplements can help you get optimal levels of heart-healthy nutrients. Reliv CardioSentials® targets heart health with a revolutionary nutrient formula clinically shown to be safe and effective. It includes antioxidants, such as CoQ10 and OptiBerry®, as well as phytosterols and other heart-protecting, synergistic ingredients to promote total heart health.

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