February is American Heart Month.
Did you know that heart disease accounts for 1 in 7 deaths in the US?
We all know some of the basic percussions we should be taking to prevent heart disease. Just to name a few:
- Eating healthy diet
- Exercising regularly
- Watching our stress level
- Proper dental hygiene
- Getting enough sleep
Did you know there are some unusual heart health risks that you don’t hear about every day?
Here are 3 that got my interest:
- Having 4 or more children may put you at risk for heart disease. According to Dr. Monika Sanghavi MD, a cardiologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, multiple pregnancies put extra stress on the body. For this demographic she recommends closely monitoring blood pressure, cholesterol and other heart-health indicators.
- Vitamin D deficiency: low levels of vitamin D may increase coronary heart disease risks. Even in our sunny California many people are deficient in vitamin D.
Here are few suggestions to improve your vitamin D levels:
a) Eat foods that are high in vitamin D such as eggs, sardines, etc.
b) Morning or later in the afternoon go in the sun 15-20 min without sunscreen
c) Take good quality vitamin D supplement.
- Shoulder problem and heart disease. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found a connection between heart disease risk factors and shoulder problems. Read the article here:
According to Body Code System, there’s an organ-muscle connection. According to that chart Subscapularis muscle connected to the heart. Learn more about the Body Code System here.