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Cardiologist: Here's How to Stave Off Heart Disease Without Drugs or Surgery

Cardiologist: Here's How to Stave Off Heart Disease Without Drugs or Surgery
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By    |   Thursday, 17 May 2018 11:18 AM

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. About 787,000, people die of heart disease—that’s one in four deaths—each year. However best-selling author Dr. Joel Fuhrman tells Newsmax that taking appropriate action can both prevent and even reverse deadly heart disease.

“Smart nutrition and exercise can actually reverse atherosclerotic plaque and lower cholesterol without risky drugs or surgery,” he says.

But in order to take these steps, you have to know your numbers. Dr. Kevin Campbell, a leading cardiologist from North Carolina says that there are several apps that can assist your heart healthy journey.

“Making sure that we better understand and monitor our health statistics has been shown to improve outcomes,” he tells Newsmax. “Devices and applications such as MyFitnessPal are critical to patient engagement. When patients are able to get real time feedback from an application or device, they are able to respond quickly, alter behavior and improve lifestyle.”

Here are some inexpensive smartphone apps that can help:

Cholesterol Food Reference. Almost one in three adults in the U.S. have high cholesterol which increases risk of heart attack, stroke, atherosclerosis and even Alzheimer’s disease. The Cholesterol Food Reference is the perfect companion to help you find out the cholesterol value of everyday foods. iPhone: $1.99

MyFitnessPal. This app can help you adopt more healthful eating habits and stay active to lower your cholesterol. It tracks all your nutrients with a database of more than six million foods and also tracks your steps and workouts. iPhone and Android: Free

Smart Blood Pressure. High cholesterol and high blood pressure are risk factors for heart disease so it’s important to check your blood pressure regularly. This app lets you measure your blood pressure, locate unique patterns in your blood pressure levels so you can gain control of your health. iPhone: Free

Vida Health. This app acts like a personal coach that guides you build a lifestyle of healthier eating and reach physical goals. You can communicate with a health care expert both through messaging and video consultation to get lasting results. iPhone and Android: Free

HowUDish. Here’s an app that can help you find healthful dishes in nearby restaurants. No matter what diet you are following HowUDish can find location-based menus right for you. It also provides ingredients, saturated fats and trans fat and other detailed nutritional information for each dish. iPhone: Free

Nutrients. Search through their nearly 200,000 foods to discover nutrition facts complete with vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and sugars. You can create a recipe on the app to see the nutrients included in your meal. iPhone: $4.99

Fooducate. Nutritional panels on food packaging can be confusing. This handy app analyses the panels to help you discover unwanted ingredients such as trans fats, added sugars, or artificial sweeteners. Fooducate has a database of over 250,000 bar codes and helps track your meals, food intake, calories, exercise, sleep and hunger levels! iPhone and Android: Free

Foodvisor. Simply take a photo of your meal and this smart app will analyze it and send a nutrition report within seconds. Its software includes a nutrient analysis that estimates serving size and details on calories, fats, proteins, carbs, fiber and cholesterol. iPhone and Android: Free

MyNetDiary. This all purpose app can track anything related to your health—from meal planning to medications. It can also log your exercise routines and keep score of the vital nutrients you eat during the day. MyNetDiary includes more than 500 exercises to keep your heart healthy. iPhone and Android: Free

Shopwell. Here’s the must-have app to take to the grocery store. It not only scans and reads ingredients lists but offers healthier options that may be a better choice for your lifestyle. It provides info valuable real time on how to lower your cholesterol levels. iPhone and Android: Free

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