We all know the heart is one of the most important organs in the body. It’s about the size of your fist, and it’s located to the left of the breastbone in the chest. It pumps blood for the whole body throughout a network of blood vessels — meaning all organs and tissues rely on the heart functioning properly to receive nutrients. The best ways to keep your heart healthy are to exercise, eat nutritional foods, moderate your alcohol intake, manage your stress, and stop (or never start) smoking tobacco.
There are many conditions that affect the heart or cardiovascular system. Heart disease — also known as coronary heart disease, coronary artery disease, or ischemic heart disease — is the leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Without treatment, heart disease can lead to a heart attack or sudden cardiac death.
Some people are more at risk for heart disease than others due to age or family history. Lifestyle changes and medications like aspirin and beta blockers are often recommended for treating heart disease, though sometimes more aggressive treatment, like surgery, is necessary. CBD may also help in decreasing inflammation and relieving pain associated with heart disease, as well as lowering blood pressure. Stay up to date with the latest research on CBD and medical cannabis as a treatment for heart conditions here at cannabisMD.