You’ll never hear much about it. Not a peep from your doctor. Not a whisper from your cardiologist. And certainly not a word from your surgeon.
But despite all that silence, there’s a single nutrient that EVERY heart patient needs to know about.
You need it if you have “stable” heart disease. And you REALLY need it when things start to go south.
Plus, if you find yourself in the operating room facing open-heart surgery, this one essential vitamin could quite literally mean the difference between life and death.
And all it takes to get it is to step outside for a little bit of sunshine.
Yep, it’s yet ANOTHER reason to boost your vitamin D levels. Plus, motivation to get going ASAP.
The missing ingredient for heart patients
Folks scheduled for open-heart surgery are often deficient in D, which shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. After all, when you’re THAT sick spending time outdoors probably isn’t tops on your list.
Besides, most people these days are deficient in D, especially seniors. In one study, a shocking 88 percent of the seniors tested had a deficiency.
Seniors, of course, are more likely to have open-heart surgery in the first place, making the issue especially urgent when you see what happens during the operation.
D levels PLUNGE.
It’s as if the body is calling on every reserve it has just to get you through the surgery, sucking vitamin D out of every nook and cranny.
But it STILL might not be enough. If you weren’t deficient BEFORE the surgery, you very well might be after it.
However, when patients took large doses of vitamin D3 supplements before and after surgery, there were far fewer cases of D deficiency afterward. And that, of course, could lead to better recovery.
And just as importantly, topping up those D levels could lower your risk for further heart complications including stroke, heart attack, and high blood pressure.
Another study from a few years ago found heart bypass patients with low levels of D had over triple the risk of dying after surgery. And the unlucky folks with the lowest levels were four times more likely to die in the three months following their operation.
Don’t wait for open-heart surgery to worry about D
Of course, you don’t always know when you might need surgery… especially open-heart surgery.
So if you wait to be wheeled into the OR before you worry about your D levels, you’ll have probably waited too long. Besides, let’s face it, at that point vitamin D will probably be the LAST thing on your mind.
Act now, instead.
It’s easy to make sure you’ve covered your D bases with two easy actions…
- Get out and get a little more sun. What’s better than a bit of time outside? Even a daily stroll under the sun will help. But keep in mind you still might not get enough, especially since our bodies become less efficient at making D as we get older. That leads to…
- Take a D supplement. Most seniors need an absolute minimum of 1,000 IU per day, but many need double… triple… quadruple those levels or more. Your doc can help you figure out how much you need.
Make these two simple changes today, and you’ll not only be covered if you ever need open-heart surgery. You just might avoid that operation in the first place!
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