The cold and flu season has arrived. Have you increased your vitamin C intake? Many people supplement vitamin C to fight off winter colds; however, there is actually a heart health benefit too.
Benefits of Vitamin C
The benefits of vitamin C are numerous from promotion of wound healing to decreased gum disease to reduced bruising. Here are a few of the benefits directly related to heart disease:
Slows atherosclerosis .
Reduces repeat angioplasties.
Improves endothelial function.
Decreases atrial fibrillation post-bypass surgery.
Improves heart attack recovery.
Promotes blood pressure control.
Regulates c-reactive protein levels.
Removes lead from circulation.
Supports the conversion of excess cholesterol into bile acids to aid fat digestion.
Promotes the neutralization of lipoprotein(a) and arterial wall damage due to elevated homocysteine.
Causes of Vitamin C Deficiency
Risk of vitamin C deficiency increases with age. Vitamin C deficiency can also be induced by multiple f...
A blockage in the heart's arteries may reduce or completely cut off the blood supply to a portion of the heart. This can cause a blood clot to form and totally stop blood flow in a coronary artery, resulting in a heart attack (also called an acute myocardial infarction or MI). Irreversible injury to the heart muscle usually occurs if medical help is not received promptly. Unfortunately, it is common for people to dismiss heart attack symptoms. What are the warning signs of a heart attack ? The American Heart Association and other medical experts say the body likely will send one or more of these warning signals of a heart attack : Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest lasting more than a few minutes. Pain spreading to the shoulders, neck or arms. The pain may be mild to intense. It may feel like pressure, tightness, burning, or heavy weight. It may be located in the chest, upper abdomen, neck, jaw, or inside the ar...
Medications Aspirin and Other Anti-Clotting Drugs Anti-clotting drugs that inhibit or break up blood clots are used at every stage of heart disease. They are generally classified as either antiplatelets or anticoagulants. Appropriate anticlotting medications are started immediately in all patients. Such drugs are sometimes used along with thrombolytics, and also as on-going maintenance to prevent a heart attack. All anti-clotting therapies carry the risk of bleeding, which can lead to dangerous situations, including stroke. Anti-Platelet Drugs . These drugs inhibit blood platelets from sticking together, and therefore help to prevent clots. Platelets are very small disc-shaped blood cells that are important for blood-clotting. Aspirin. Aspirin is an antiplatelet drug. An aspirin should be taken immediately after a heart attack begins. It can be either swallowed or chewed, but chewing provides more rapid benefit. If the patient has not taken an aspirin at home, it will be given at the hospi...
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