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No More Heart Disease - How Nitric Oxide can Change Your Life
By Lyn Dollard
How Nitric Oxide can prevent - even reverse heart disease and stroke
One out of every two Americans will die from Cardiovascular Disease - which in almost every case could have been prevented. Don't let you be one of them!
What is Nitric Oxide (NO)?
Though you may never have heard of Nitric Oxide, scientific research around the world has demonstrated that NO may influence the functioning of your lungs, liver, kidneys, stomach, and heart. Our vascular system uses Nitric Oxide to control blood flow to every part of the body. Not only can NO relax and dilate the blood vessels, thus ensuring that the blood can efficiently nourish the heart and tissues of the entire body, Nitric Oxide can also support healthy blood pressure when combined with a healthy diet and exercise.
The Cardiovascular system plays a powerful regulatory role in every major bodily function and organs, more specifically, every cell in the body. If the system is compromised, if vessels become constricted and hardening plaque builds up in them, you become a prime candidate for a heart attack and stroke, often without notable symptoms.
Most Cardiovascular Disease doesn't have to happen. When you hear the words "cardiovascular disease" most people automatically think of heart attacks. Cardiovascular Disease actually covers a much wider scope of serious health problems - heart attacks are just one type of Cardiovascular disease. Fortunately Nitric Oxide can positively affect virtually all of them.
Some of the most common forms of Cardiovascular Disease are:
High Blood Pressure
Nitric Oxide can help dilate the smooth muscle of the blood vessels. With this dilation, the vessels can relax and allow blood to flow easily through them and quite possibly lower the blood pressure.
When you are young, the vessels around your heart are flexible. As most people age, the smooth inner walls of the arteries gradually thicken and lose some of their elasticity, at the same time, fatty deposits - or plaque are accumulated on the arterial walls. This is called atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries and when that occurs it can reduce the diameter of the arteries and impair normal blood flow. When the body is manufacturing adequate and even excess Nitric Oxide, plaque formation and atherosclerosis are much less likely to occur and may be reversible.
A blood clot in your coronary arteries may be only a fraction of an inch thick, but if it even slightly or completely deprives your heart of oxygen, it chokes off nourishment that the heart cells need and can cause a heart attack. Heart attacks can be triggered by more than blood clots. Excessive plaque in the arteries or a temporary but sudden contraction or spasm of the artery called a vasospasm that impedes blood flow can also cause heart attacks. Deprived of oxygen, a section of the heart tissue will "starve" and start to die. Serious damage can happen very quickly. Nitric Oxide can offer protection by acting to lower Blood Pressure and Cholesterol and improve Circulation.
Although heart attacks strike the heart, and strokes attack the brain, they have more in common than you might think. Both can be triggered by blood clots, although with strokes, these clots settle in the vessels leading to the brain rather than the heart. When that happens, the clots can interfere with normal blood flow and deprive the brain cells of oxygen. The outcome can be brain damage, disability and even death. The most common sites for these blood clots are the carotoid arteries, which are located on either side of the neck. When normal production of Nitric Oxide is impaired within the vessel walls, you are much more susceptible to clotting and strokes.
Two of Nitric Oxides critical functions - preventing the formation of blood clots and keeping the arteries free of plaque - work specifically against the occurrence of stroke.
Lifestyle Choices You Must Make
Though some risk factors are beyond your control, such as family history or Cardiovascular disease, age and gender, you can influence many others with the lifestyle choices you make, because preventing Cardiovascular Disease always goes back to the choices you make.
♥ Stop smoking
♥ Lower your blood cholesterol level
♥ Control your blood pressure
♥ Keep your blood sugar under control
♥ Drink alcohol in moderation
♥ Maintain your weight at normal levels
♥ Exercise regularly
♥ Reduce stress, anxiety, loneliness and depression
If Cardiovascular health is your goal, Nitric Oxide needs to be on the front lines of your heart healthy program. Many heart attacks and strokes are preventable. You can put a stop to the progression of Cardiovascular Disease even if you already have it.
This article began with the sobering statistics that one out of two Americans will die of Cardiovascular disease - which in most cases could have been prevented. You can beat those odds, even if you currently have high blood pressure, have suffered a heart attack or at a high risk. The power to lead and entirely new and healthier lifestyle is in your hands.
Lynette Dollard works from home in the Health & Wellness Industry. She is supported by a network of renowned Doctors, a team of dedicated Scientists with all the latest information on health and wellness issues.
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