Heart disease: Warning signs and prevention

February 25, 2008 5:55:09 PM PST
Are you at risk for heart disease? The center for disease control say that over 37 percent of adults have reported having two or more risk factors. During American Heart Month, wellness and lifestyle expert, Terra Wellington come to tell us what we can do to reduce our risk.

For more info and tips, please go to www.terrawellington.com

There are 6 major risk factors for heart disease:

    High Blood Pressure High Cholesterol Diabetes Smoking Physical Inactivity Obesity

Are there any new ways diet can reduce the risk factors?
There are two trends you can watch for:

  • The first trend is to add antioxidants into your diet. Fruits and vegetables are a great way to get those antioxidants.
  • And black tea also has special antioxidants - for example, 1 cup of Tetley's British Blend is equal to the antioxidant power of 3 glasses of orange juice. And the tea bags are bio-degradable because there is no string or tag.

The 2nd trend is to look for superfoods:

  • Watermelon is a great example. There's lots of ways to eat it. And it's now found year-round in our grocery stores.
  • Watermelon has an amino acid in it called citrulline that makes our heart work better and helps to regulate blood circulation.

Terra's Products:

  • Microsoft XBox 360's Dance Dance Revolution Universe2 game
    Great for "exergaming"
    Retails for: Console starts at $279 and DDR for $69.99

  • British Blend by Tetley Tea
    High in antioxidants
    Available at all local grocery stores
    Retails for 80 round tea bags for $3.29

  • Watermelon
    Known as a "superfood"
    And there are lots of ways you can eat watermelon, besides just the traditional wedge. You can make salsa with it, beverages, desserts, sauces, and salads. Available at all local grocery stores, prices vary by season.

    Us Against Athero at athero.com sponsored by AstraZeneca Educational campaign on keeping your arteries healthy, check out the Artery Explorer!
    On the Athero website, there's a motion simulator that takes you on a virtual tour of your arteries.