Tips for Heart Health

Tips for Heart Health


– Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. 47% of Americans are at risk, and one of our associate producers just found out she is now one of them. – My name is Liza. I’m 48 years old, and I have a long family history of heart issues. My uncle died of heart
disease when he was only 33. My father died of a heart
attack when he was 54. And at 67, my mom died of
a massive heart attack. I thought I was in the clear, because I have never
had high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels. I also don’t eat red meat and have never smoked
or drank much alcohol. But, I recently found out
that I do have buildup in one of my arteries. I now want to keep my other
arteries as healthy as possible. – Well Liza welcome,
and you are not alone. You know, many people are
concerned with their heart health, and coronary artery disease
is the most common type of heart disease in the United States. Cardiologist Doctor
Joel Kahn also joins us. Welcome. – Thank you. Thank you, thank you. – So Doctor Kahn, what
advice do you have for Liza and the rest of our viewers? – Well, whether you have a family history of heart disease like Liza or not, everyone should be thinking
about their heart health. – And Liza, here’s what may
be happening inside your body. Cholesterol, which is a
fluffy, waxy substance can attach to the wall of blood vessels. Calcium can then attach
to the cholesterol, creating a hard shell. And this cycle can continue, which is not good for your heart health. So Liza, did you know that calcium buildup could affect your heart health? Well, not before going to the doctor. I had always thought of
calcium as being good for your teeth and your bones only. – Well, you know, calcium assists with many processes in the body. It’s also vital for electrolyte production
and muscle function. But it can be difficult
for a body to transport. – Well that’s right actually. What we want for optimal health is calcium being directed away from our arteries. We want calcium working for our health, not against our body’s wellness. – Well Liza, you’re
doing the right things, researching and learning how
to keep your heart healthy. So watch out for pressure
or tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, pain in the shoulder or arm,
and sometimes, sweating. If any of these symptoms occur, make sure you get help
immediately from a doctor. And Doctor Kahn, what
else would you advise for those at home that are watching? – Yeah, well if there’s any warning signs, or any family history of
heart disease like Liza had, ask your doctor for a
calcium score test or scan, which shows the buildup of
calcium in the arteries. Then the doctors can make a treatment plan just for you based on the results. – Got it. So Liza, do you have any
questions for the cardiologist while we have him? – I do actually. What can I do now to be more
proactive about my health? – Yeah, well research
studies show that vitamin K2 can help direct that calcium
away from your arteries. And in fact, direct it towards your bones, which is where you want it. So you actually end up with better artery flexibility
and better bone density. – You know and one way to get vitamin K2 is from high-fat dairy
products, egg yolks, liver and other organ meats, or fermented food, like sauerkraut. So, Liza, do you think you
have vitamin K2 in your diet? – I’m gonna say probably not, because I don’t really
care for a lot of the foods that you just mentioned. – Well Liza, you’re not alone in that. A lot of people of
people avoid those foods, and in fact, in general, the Western diet is actually not adequate to supply all the vitamin K2 we may need. And that is why it’s rather
essential to consider a daily dietary supplement of vitamin K2. That’s why I partner
with Weider Artery Health on their line of heart health supplements. They use a patented form of vitamin K2, the one most used in
clinical research trials. It gets down to taking one pill a day, but of course, that
supplement is only part of an overall heart healthy program you and others need to follow. – Sounds good. Thank you for the advice.
(audience applauds) – And remember, always consult your doctor before taking any supplements. And since these are available at Costco, we’re giving you and our entire audience a $50 Costco gift card! (audience cheers and applauds) Liza, thank you so much
for coming today Liza, and Doctor Kahn, as always,
a pleasure to have you here.