Dr. Travis Stork’s 4 Heart Health Tips
For February heart health awareness month, Dr. Travis Stork, Emmy® nominated TV host of The Doctors, and board-certified emergency medicine physician, shares simple ways people can improve their heart health from snacking smarter, to mindfulness, and adding key nutrients.
“Anyone who knows me as a doctor, knows that I talk incessantly about how heart health is more important than almost anything else,” said Dr. Stork. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.1 Consequently, more than 35 million Americans on a statin drug to help lower LDL cholesterol to help reduce their risk of heart disease. However, statins may also deplete CoQ10 levels.
The heart has high-energy demands, working hard whether you are asleep or awake. That is also why it has the highest concentration of the naturally occurring coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). CoQ10 is vital to our heart health because it acts like a spark plug in our cells; it helps create cellular energy and provides antioxidant benefits.
“Your body produces cholesterol in a pathway in your liver; this is the same pathway that also produces CoQ10. Because statins work by blocking this pathway, they may also block the production of CoQ10,” explains Dr. Travis Stork. “I recommend to people taking statin drugs that they talk to their doctor about adding Qunol CoQ10 to their regimen, combined with these heart-healthy tips.”
Dr. Travis Stork’s 4 Tips for a Healthy Heart
- Get moving – Your heart is a muscle and, as with any muscle, exercise strengthens it. Staying active is the best thing you can do for your heart. Figure out activities you enjoy that get you off the couch and get friends and family involved! If you have physical limitations such as joint pain, you can avoid high-impact exercises that involve running and jumping and try lower impact activities like bike riding, rowing, swimming or water aerobics.
- Manage stress – Some stress is good but chronic stress and worry can really take a toll on your heart. Try to limit the small but irritable stressors in your life by meditating, encorporating yoga into your exercise routine, and deep breathing. Your goal is not to eliminate stress, but to help lower daily chronic stress.
- Snack smarter – Grab foods that are nutrient dense and heart healthy. Try snacking on some antioxidant rich berries, nuts that contain omega-3 fatty acids, or fiber packed oatmeal. My go-to while busy or traveling is a handful of mixed nuts. Additionally, be aware of how much salt you’re consuming every day. See your doctor if you’re in doubt about how much salt you need in your diet.
- Consider adding CoQ10 if you are taking a statin drug – I recommend speaking with your doctor about adding Qunol CoQ10. Qunol has the #1 Cardiologist Recommended Form of CoQ10‡ and Qunol has three times better absorption than regular forms of CoQ10 to help replenish your body’s natural CoQ10 levels and help provide sustained energy.
Dr. Travis Stork encourages people to start living heart healthy. By adopting these small lifestyle changes, you and yours can help prevent further risk and live happier and longer lives.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Ɨ Form refers to water and fat soluble CoQ10
‡ IQVIA Provide Survey
- Blog Contributor