Dr Oz: Belly Fat Increases Risk For Heart Attack
Did you know that the number one killer of women is heart disease? As a heart surgeon, Dr. Oz’s number one concern is the health of your heart and helping you prevent a heart attack. He had some lifesaving tests that you can do right at home to see how at risk you are for a heart attack. They could save your life or the life of someone you love!
Dr Oz: Test For Heart Attack Risk – Touch Your Toes
Can you touch your toes? It might sound like a pretty simple and easy thing to do, but it is actually an important test that can predict your risk for heart disease. Dr. Oz explained that if you cannot reach down and touch your toes while standing, it could be a sign that your arteries are too blocked. The further you are from touching your toes, the stiffer your arteries are, which means you might end up in the emergency room with a heart attack. Dr. Oz’s first true passion is as a heart surgeon, but the last place he wants you to end up is in his hospital, or any hospital for that matter, so today he is giving you an unprecedented look at the human heart.
Dr Oz: Plaque Prevents Blood From Flowing To the Brain
Dr. Oz invited a woman named Marci to join him for a rare look at the human heart. Marci is 52-years-old and has heart disease that was caused by high blood pressure. Dr. Oz first pulled back the sheet on a body with the stomach exposed, rather than the heart. He explained that this is because to understand the heart, you have to first understand the blood vessels and how they work. Dr. Oz showed Marci a great deal of plaque buildup in the arteries of this person’s body and explained that the plaque causes a blockage, which prevents blood from flowing to the brain. He said the number one reason people get hardening of the arteries is high blood pressure.
Dr Oz: Enlarged Heart High Cause Of Death
As Dr. Oz and Marci stood in the center of a classroom at a medical school, he explained to her that of the several bodies that surrounded them more than half had died from an enlarged heart. He then showed Marci just what that looks like as he pulled back another sheet to expose a rib cage and underneath it, an enlarged heart. He told her that the wall of a person’s heart is supposed to be thick and robust, but this one was thin and weak like a balloon from literally being blown up too much. To give Marci a true visual, Dr. Oz showed her a healthy heart, which was less than half the size of the one they were examining.
Dr Oz: Waist To Hip Ratio Test For Heart Disease
Dr. Oz demonstrated a very simple test that can determine your risk for heart disease. He measured Marci’s waist, which was about 30 inches, and he measured her hips, which were about 36 inches. You then divide the waist measurement by the hip measurement, which is .83 in Marci’s case. Your result should be less than .85 if you are a woman. Dr. Oz explained that lower than .85 is ideal and while he is not overly concerned if you have large hips or thighs, he gets very concerned if someone has a large waist because too much belly fat puts you at higher risk for heart disease.
Dr Oz: Resting Heart Rate Test To Prevent Heart Attack
Dr. Oz demonstrated how to check your heart rate by placing your index and middle finger on inside your wrist. He explained that you then count the beats of your heart for 10 seconds. Then multiply that number by six and the total should be between 60 and 80 beats per minute. If you are a woman, Dr. Oz begins to get concerned if your heart rate goes above 80 beats per minute and if it goes above 90, your risk for a heart disease is increased by three times the amount it would be if you had a normal heart rate, which is between 60 and 80 beats per minute.
Dr Oz: CRP Blood Test To Prevent Heart Disease
Dr. Oz’s next lifesaving test that could prevent a heart attack is one called a CRP Test. It is a blood test that actually checks for inflammation in the body. Inflammation is a sign that the body needs soothing because of a plaque buildup, which is a warning that you could develop heart disease.
Dr Oz: CRP Results
- Less than 1.0 MG/Liter = Low Risk for Heart Disease
- Between 1.0 and 3.0 MG/Liter = Average Risk for Heart Disease
- Above 3.0 MG/Liter = High Risk for Heart Disease