Chronic Heart Inflammation Can Be Deadly

This is an great article by Jennifer P. April that talks about heart inflammation. This subject was discussed by my own surgeon when I underwent bypass surgery in 2005 but I never really knew what he meant nor was he that convincing about the evidence. Jennifer explains it with a simple approach which is easy to understand.

Heart disease is the number 1 cause of death for Americans and lately, it’s been getting a lot of attention. Many factors point to heart inflammation as being a leading factor in cardiovascular diseases like high blood pressure, atherosclerosis and other dangers leading to heart attack.

Here’s the way inflammation works, if you have a toothache the gum around your tooth gets inflamed. You know how it’s red and sore? That’s the inflammation at work. What this means is, your blood cells are out to take care of any “bad” bacteria that could harm you.

The problem with inflammation is when the blood cells don’t know when to stop. This is known as chronic inflammation and it can be deadly.

Let’s take this to your heart.

Despite reducing your fat intake and taking statin drugs, the American Heart Association says that 75 million Americans suffer from heart disease.

Some Foods Damage Your Arteries

Many doctors now think this is due to this chronic inflammation. Prominent doctors talk about the dangers of inflammation in your arteries. Essentially, the interior of your arteries likely look like they’re “scrubbed” with a hard brush. This happens because of the foods you eat. Some of these foods cause this damage day after day which leads to your bodies’ natural defense of inflammation.

Doctors agree-smoking can lead to heart inflammation, so can high blood pressure and high cholesterol. But your diet is a major factor.

The way to reduce your interior fire is to stop smoking, exercise more and eat whole foods-including fish.

See, the rampant heart disease we have is this country is unprecedented. As is the way we eat today. 150 years ago, our ancestors ate whole foods like fish, meat and vegetables. There were no processed foods that came from a box or a drive thru window. These foods are full of corn and soybean oils. Foods high in omega 6 fatty acids.

You need some omega 6’s. The problem is the imbalance in the Western diet these days. Studies show most Westerners eat 10-30 times the omega 6’s they need because they’re in salad dressings, mayonnaise and every processed food out there.

These omega 6’s lead to heart inflammation.

To counteract them, you need to get more omega 3’s in your diet. Omega 3’s are found in olive oil, nuts, avocados and especially in fish.

In fact, the American Heart Association feels so strongly about omega 3’s that they recommend heart patients eat fish 2-3 times a week or take fish oil supplements to help prevent heart inflammation.

Jen P. April is a passionate advocate of health and nutrition. To learn more about effective Omega 3’s and supplements she recommends after extensive research, visit

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