February is American Heart Month

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The Heart of the Matter - February is American Heart Month

Individuals with cardiovascular conditions should avoid a number of foods, medications and nutritional/herbal supplements including the following:

  • Certain fruits and vegetables such as grapefruit; pomegranate; and leafy, green vegetables rich in vitamin K, a natural blood thinner.
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) including aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen.
  • Cold and cough medications that contain NSAIDS or decongestants that raise heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Antibiotics, particularly Zithromax, commonly called a Z-pack, which may lead to abnormal — and sometimes fatal — heartbeat changes.
  • Weight-loss drugs as stimulants that increase blood pressure and stress the heart.
  • Migraine medications that can narrow blood vessels throughout the body and push blood pressure to dangerous levels.
  • Alcohol that in heavy amounts may damage the heart muscle and cause heart failure.

 

Right at Home Hinsdale/Oak Park/Chicago, a leading provider of in-home care and assistance, supports American Heart Month and everyday proactive heart health.

For more information and rates, contact us today.

R. Stelletello
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