C – Reactive Protein & your risk of having a HEART ATTACK 03/14/12

Have you heard of C-Reactive Protein?

If you haven’t, you BETTER read this article and learn how having healthy C-Reactive Protein is essential for a healthy heart.

Remember: 50% of people who have heart attacks have NORMAL cholesterol.

C – Reactive Protein is a protein that is produced by our liver. It rises when inflammation is present in our bodies. It is important to remember that while C – Reactive Protein rises with inflammation it is not possible to determine where this inflammation is coming from.

In other words C – Reactive Protein can rise when inflammation is present due to injury (twisted knee), infection (Flu), or autoimmune diseases (Rheumatoid Arthritis).

C – Reactive Protein can also rise when inflammation is present in the blood vessels and this inflammation in the blood vessels can dramatically increase your risk for heart attacks and strokes.

Atherosclerotic blood vessels have high levels of C – Reactive Protein while normal blood vessels do not.

C – Reactive Protein is both a risk factor and risk marker for high blood pressure. The higher your C – Reactive Protein the higher your blood pressure will be.

The American Heart Association has stated that C – Reactive Protein may be a better indicator of heart disease than total cholesterol and LDL.

One study showed that in other wise healthy men there was a significantly higher risk of strokes and heart attacks in the men that had a C – Reactive Protein of 2 or higher.

The same study showed that men with high cholesterol and high C – Reactive Protein had an even higher risk of heart attack then men who just had high cholesterol.

Statins & C – Reactive Protein
Cholestrol medications called statins (Lipitor, Zocor (simvastatin), Crestor, Pravachol) are great at reducing total cholesterol and LDL. They have also been shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks, but the reduction in heart attacks may not be due to the reduction in LDL and total cholesterol.

In addition to reducing LDL and total cholesterol, statins can also reduce C – Reactive Protein.

One study that looked a reduction of 54% in heart attacks, 51% in strokes, and 20% mortality. What was extremely important about this particular study was that the participants had NORMAL cholesterol and a low risk level for heart disease. They did however have C – Reactive Protein levels greater than 2.

There are natural ways to reduce C – Reactive Protein. Remember C – Reactive Protein is a marker of inflammation and products that reduce inflammation many times can reduce C – Reactive Protein.

One Wellness Place Fish Oil capsules are an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids.

Omega 3 fatty acids promote the production anti-inflammatory mediators in the body. Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce C – Reactive Protein and they have been shown to reduce the risk of heat attacks and strokes.

Great ways to decrease C – Reactive Protein include:

  • Mediterranean diet
  • High fruits and vegetable diets
  • Weight and fat loss
  • Stop smoking

Great Natural Products to decrease C – Reactive Protein include:

 

One Wellness Place Fish Oil is:
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Omega 3 fatty acids promote healthy blood pressure, cholesterol, and they are also natural blood thinners.

Omega 3 fatty acids can be found in cold water fish such salmon and mackerel as well as in quality natural fish oil supplements.

Even if you are taking a statin for your cholesterol levels, you SHOULD still take your fish oil. Studies have shown that when you combine omega 3 fatty acids with statins you can see a 20% greater decrease is heart attacks, non-fatal heart attacks, and strokes.

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