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Heart Disease: What is YOUR Risk?


There’s that ONE day that you get THE phone call. You know the one?

A friend or family member has just had a heart attack or stroke…

If YOU had a crystal ball that showed YOUR RISK of having a heart attack, stroke or some other chronic disease, would you look in it?

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S.


Cardiovascular disease generally refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain (angina) or stroke.

Other heart conditions, such as those that affect your heart’s muscle, valves or rhythm, also are considered forms of heart disease.



1)    The more you weigh adds more wear and tear on your body, including your heart.  A BMI is over 30 increases your heart risk by 10 fold.

2)    Diabetes, pre-diabetes, insulin resistance & metabolic syndrome are results of poor lifestyle choices. A diet high in sugar and carbs are a causative factor in heart disease. KNOW THESE NUMBERS: HgA1C, glucose, and insulin.

3)    Know your cholesterol numbers. Only what gets measured gets managed. There is much more than just total cholesterol that you should be testing.

4)    Address High Blood Pressure, as this is the true silent killer. Lifestyle changes can help lower blood pressure and your risk factors as well.

5)    Stop smoking! Smoking raises blood pressure & damages the artery lining.

6)    Change your salt. White table salt has been processed & contain additives like MSG. Too much sodium, specifically in the form of white iodized table salt, can trigger weight gain and high blood pressure.

Switch to Pink Himalayan or Grey Celtic salt. These forms contain minerals necessary for proper health & a much healthier way to consume salt without the health risks.




According to Harvard Medical School: Genetic factors likely play some role in high blood pressure, heart disease, and other related conditions. However, it is also likely that people with a family history of heart disease share common environments and other potential lifestyle factors that increase their risk.


The American Heart Association says “Just because your family has a history of cardiovascular disease, does not mean that you will certainly have the same diseases, it just means that you are more likely to have them. Disease is not imminent, and your health can be managed by making lifestyle changes.”


“Some people think that there is not much you can do about your heart attack risk, especially if heart disease runs in your family. They are wrong; I like to say just because you have a loaded gun, it doesn’t mean you have to pull the trigger.

Having a family history of heart disease is the loaded gun and your lifestyle is the trigger. You have a choice of whether or not you want to set off that gun.

There are many natural ways to lower and prevent heart attacks without drugs or surgery.”

-Dr Misty Senz, D.C., N.D.



In our office we can help you prevent or lower your risk of having a heart attack or other cardiovascular conditions.


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