Dr Oz: Belly Fat Increases Risk For Heart Attack
As a heart surgeon, Dr. Oz knows heart disease is the number one killer of women but he is on a mission to help every woman in America prevent heart attacks. Keep reading to get a few of Dr. Oz’s life saving tests which could help you find out if you or someone in your family is at risk of a heart attack.
Dr Oz: Not Being Able To Touch Toes Could Be a Sign Of Clogged Arteries
Can you touch your toes? It might sound like a pretty simple and easy thing to do, but it is actually an important test that can predict your risk for heart disease. Dr. Oz said if you are unable to reach down and touch your toes, it could be a sign your arteries are blocked. The further away you are from reaching your toes, the stiffer your arteries could be and the higher the risk for heart disease.
Dr Oz: Plaque Prevents Blood From Flowing To the Brain
Dr. Oz invited a woman named Marci onto the stage with him to take a glimpse at a human heart. Dr. Oz brought her on the stage because Marci, 52, said she has heart disease caused by high blood pressure.
Dr. Oz first pulled back the sheet on a body with the stomach exposed, explaining you have to understand the blood vessels and how they work before you can understand the heart. Dr. Oz showed Marci a great deal of plaque buildup in the arteries of this person’s body and explained the plaque causes a blockage, which prevents blood from flowing to the brain. He also revealed high blood pressure is the number one reason people have hardened arteries.
Dr Oz: Enlarged Heart Can Cause Death
As Dr. Oz and Marci stood in the center of a classroom at a medical school, he explained to her of the several bodies surrounding them more than half had died from an enlarged heart. He then pulled the sheet back on a cadaver to reveal what an enlarged heart looks like. He explained the wall of a person’s heart is supposed to be thick and robust but the one they were looking at was thin and weak, like a balloon that had blown up too many times.
To help Marci understand even further how bad the enlarged heart was, Dr. Oz showed her a healthy heart, which was less than half the size of the one they were examining.
Dr Oz: Waist To Hip Ratio Test To Assess Heart Disease Risk
Dr. Oz had another test you can do to determine your risk for heart disease. He measured Marci’s wrist, which was about 30 inches around, and then he measured her hips, which were about 36 inches around. After you have those two numbers, Dr. Oz said you divide the waist measurement by the hip measurement, which was about .83 in Marci’s case. You should get a result less than .85 if you are a woman. Dr. Oz explained lower than .85 is ideal and while he is not overly concerned if you have large hips or thighs, he gets very concerned if someone has a large waist because too much belly fat puts you at higher risk for heart disease.
Dr Oz: Heart Rate Above 90 Beats Per Minutes Raises Heart Disease Risk
Next, Dr. Oz demonstrated how to check your heart rate by placing your index and middle finger on the inside of your wrist and counting the beats of your heart for 10 seconds. Then multiply the number by six and the total should be between 60 and 80 beats per minute. If your heart rate is over 80 beats per minutes and you are a woman, Dr. Oz said he would be concerned. If the beats per minute are above 90, Dr. Oz said your risk for heart disease increases by three times the amount compared to a normal heart rate.
Dr Oz: CRP Blood Test To Prevent Heart Disease
Dr. Oz’s next lifesaving test that could prevent a heart attack is one called a CRP blood test. It is a blood test that checks for inflammation in the body, which is a sign the body needs soothing because of plaque buildup, a warning sign that you may be developing heart disease.
- Less than 1.0 MG/Liter = Low risk for heart disease.
- Between 1.0 and 3.0 MG/Liter = Average risk of heart disease.
- Above 3.0 MG/Liter = High risk of heart disease.