What is the Description of Heart Disease?


The older you get, the more you seem to really start to think about what you put in your body — even if you still put in the fatty stuff anyway. The way a person might eat after spending a night out with friends at twenty tends to change in your thirties, and most certainly in your forties. And its not always by choice.

Some foods tend to ‘speak up’ in ways they never did before. Where I used to live there was this amazing Mediterranean food restaurant that my friends and I would frequent once a month, at least. It was hearty Lebanese food that always had healthy helpings of garlic in just about every dish but the water. We loved it – and always agreed to only go as a group so nobody could laugh at anyone else for the inevitable Garlic Breath that would follow. Well that was all well and good in my twenties; why would garlic in massive amounts ever be a problem? These days, in my forties, I have discovered that massive amounts of garlic lead to almost instantaneous heartburn! We used to joke that our hearts were finally learning to revolt when the garlic showed up.

If you are very fortunate, you may never have to find out the exact definition of “Heart Disease”. While you have an idea of what that term means, many of us think ‘heart attack’ when we see it. Or clogged arteries. Or ‘cholesterol’. You see, that term brings to mind a LOT of different images of what it means to have heart disease.

It turns out that ‘Heart Disease’ actually covers almost any disease related to the heart itself. But, the common mistake is that we also seem to think of ‘Cardiovascular Disease’ as the same thing, which involves the arteries of the heart and cardiovascular system, but not the heart itself! Cardiovascular issues include the fatty deposits you probably hear so much about in ads about drugs to reduce the fatty deposits. There are a number of types of true heart disease including, but not limited to, Angina, Congenital Heart disease, Heart attack, Heart failure, and Arrhythmia.

Its likely that if you are over thirty you have heard and maybe even paid attention to some of the advice given on morning chat shows about using things like baby aspirin or oat bran to reduce/lower blood pressure and/or cholesterol to avoid heart issues as you age. Of course, one of the major ways to reduce your exposure as you age is exercise.

If you do increase your physical activity, one of the things you might consider is taking supplements that reduce the ‘free radicals’ that occur when you exercise. Those are, essentially, waste products that occur when you expend energy and oxidize red blood cells in your body. The elements that reduce this kind of damage are called ‘Antioxidents’. One of the best naturally occurring antioxidants may, in fact, be Glutathione. Glutathione occurs naturally in the body, but you may benefit your body with an additional dietary supplement of the substance.