The key to great wealth is great health. Health is not valued till sickness arrives with its troupe of symptoms and diseases. Taking care of your health should be the first priority in your life. A healthy heart breeds a peaceful, comfortable and enjoyable life ahead.
Atherosclerosis is a heart condition wherein plaque builds up and deposits in the arteries. Such a build-up might occur over a period of several years.
At times, plaque can become tough, narrowing the coronary arteries and reducing the flow of oxygen carrying blood across the heart. These plaques may eventually rupture, leading to the formation of blood clots, freely flowing in the circulatory system and causing blockages.
According to NIH (National Institute of Health), CHD (Coronary Heart Disease) is the most common and wide-spread type of heart disease. Lifestyle changes, medicines, as well as medical procedures can help prevent or treat CHD, depending on the severity of the situation. These treatments may also reduce the risk of related health problems.
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, as per NHS (National Health Service) reports. CHD is responsible for more than 73,000 deaths in the UK annually. About 1 in 6 men and 1 in 10 women die from CHD.
In the UK, it has been revealed that there are an estimated 2.3 million people living with CHD and around 2 million people affected by angina, the most common symptom of coronary heart disease.
Researchers in Utah have found a link between vitamin D deficiency and increased risk for coronary artery disease. These studies have shown that treating vitamin D deficiency with supplements may help to prevent or reduce a person’s risk of contracting cardiovascular diseases.
Dr. J. Brent Muhlestein, MD, Director of Cardiovascular Research at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute, has stated that their findings exhibited that vitamin D could have far greater effects in reducing the probability of contracting a cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions.
In their research study, two groups of patients were studied. In the first study group, over 9,400 patients with low initial vitamin D levels were studied. Researchers found that 47 percent of the patients who increased their levels of vitamin D exhibited a lowered risk for cardiovascular disease.
The second study consisted of over 31,000 patients. They were further sub-divided into three categories based on their levels of vitamin D. The patients in each category who increased their vitamin D levels to 43 nanograms per millilitre of blood or higher had lower rates of death, cardiovascular disease, myocardial infarction, heart failure and high blood pressure.
Heidi May, a Cardiovascular Clinical Epidemiologist with the Intermountain Medical Centre Heart Institute, and one of the study’s authors, says the link between low levels of vitamin D and increased risk for a variety of diseases is significant.
Increasing vitamin D intake by 1000 to 5000 international units (IU) a day may be appropriate, under clinical supervision and depending on a patient’s health and genetic risk. Dr. Muhlestein further added that supplements are the best source of vitamin D as they are relatively inexpensive and can be found at almost any supermarket or drug store.