Dr Oz: Resting Heart Rate To Determine Heart Disease Risk
Dr. Oz shared some important heart disease assessment tests that you can do right from the comfort of your own home. Something as simple as being about to touch your toes could help you determine your heart attack risk. He also went over how knowing your resting heart rate is another way to determine your heart attack risk.
Dr Oz: Headaches Increase Heart Attack Risk
Which of these common conditions was just found to increase your risk of a heart attack?
The correct answer is headache, more specifically migraines that include an aura. The new research suggests headaches are the second-largest risk factor after high blood pressure for having a heart attack.
Dr Oz: Insomnia Doubles Risk Of Heart Attack
Dr. Oz said that another surprising characteristic that puts you at risk for a heart attack is insomnia, which is defined as not getting at least six hours of sleep more than three nights a week. The lack of sleep can actually double your risk for heart attack because it weakens the immune system and hinders your body’s ability to deal with inflammation.
Dr Oz: Psoriasis Raises Risk For Heart Disease
The next surprising reason you could be at risk for a heart attack is psoriasis. Dr. Oz explained psoriasis is an auto-immune condition, which means the immune system is attacking the skin cells, causing them to get inflamed and red. Dr. Oz asked everyone to imagine what it could do to your heart, if it is happening to your skin. Your body is continually fighting off inflammation, which can lead to heart disease. Dr. Oz suggest taking Omega-3 fatty acids to help reduce the amount of inflammation.
Dr Oz: Supplements To Reduce Risk Of Heart Disease
Stacia Woodcock, a Walgreens pharmacist, explained your pharmacist is a wonderful resource in helping you detect and prevent heart disease. They are able to answer any questions about heart disease as well as suggest over-the-counter vitamins and supplements that could reduce your risk for heart attack. Woodcock said there are some supplements a woman can take to drastically lower her risk for heart disease. Dr. Oz suggested the following supplements be taken at the following doses.
CoQ10 – Take 100 MG two times per day
Omega 3 Fish Oil – 600 MG DHA
Fiber – Ideally get 25 grams of fiber from your diet every day, but if you need to you can supplement that with a powder or capsule.
Low-Dose Aspirin – Two 81 MG tablets per day
Dr Oz: Free Blood Pressure Tests At Walgreens
February is Heart Health Month, so Walgreens is offering free blood pressure tests at all 8,000 of their locations for the entire month of February. Woodcock said this is the easiest way to determine your risk for heart disease. She also added that for every blood pressure check they do in February, Walgreens is donating $1 to the American Heart Association, up to $100,000.
Dr Oz: Walgreens Life’s Simple Seven Heart Health Assessment
The next important thing that you can do to turn around your heart’s health is to get a customized heart health assessment. Woodcock said this is a test you can do on the Walgreens website and it evaluates your heart health by using Life’s Simple Seven, a test that looks at your blood pressure, smoking status, diet and other factors.
Once you answer the questions, you get a score from 1 to 10 based upon the responses you gave. It takes it one step further and offers things you can do to improve your score if it is below a 10.
Dr Oz: Surprising Advertisements Real Or Fake?
Dr. Oz shared some surprising ads, some from the 1950’s and 1960’s and another as recent as 2002. They included an ad for doctors smoking cigarettes and another suggested giving cola to a baby is a good idea. Most of the ads were actually real, which surprised everyone, but it Dr. Oz said it is good to know times have changes.