Heart Health Tips + What You Need to Know About Statins

February is American Heart Month! 28 days dedicated to the ticker (of the non-doily variety) and getting smarter about managing it could not be more relevant today, as more than half a million Americans die of heart disease every year. This is preventable.

Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Prayitno

Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Prayitno

While the education and prevention awareness campaigns take flight, this annual awareness month just happens to come on the heels of one recent decision that has undoubtedly raised some eyebrows, including ours. The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology recently issued new cholesterol guidelines, widening the group and criteria of those recommended to take statins. Experts are stating benefits beyond what statins were primarily used for in the past, which was to lower cholesterol. This effectively opens the door for millions of Americans to begin taking more pills, or adds to the cornucopia of pills they already take.

This expanded criteria means an increase in prescriptions is likely to occur. What raises a red flag to us at WellnessFX is that alongside it will come – you guessed it – risk and side effects.

We won’t argue that in a world plagued by obesity and heart disease, statins can be a necessary and beneficial part of traditional medicine when considered on an individual and medically guided basis. But how safe are they? Do the benefits outweigh the negative side effects?

Side effects from statins include:

It’s about lifestyle change
Learn about cholesterol and what kind of a lifestyle change would lead to naturally lowering your levels, rather than first resorting to placing a Band-Aid over the problem. Here are a steps to build and keep a healthy heart:

We hope that this month will be an opportunity for everyone to learn about and improve their heart health, no matter where you are on your health journey. Curious about where your heart stats stand? There is no time better than now for you – or a loved one – to do a blood screening and take control of your health.

 

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