Investing In Heart Health – When/Why Do Deadly Blood Clots Form

The heart is one of the hardest working organs in the human body – it supplies blood, and in turn oxygen, to the brain and our other organs – so keeping it healthy is vital for living a long, active life.

One of the biggest heart-related risk factors is a heart attack, which often comes by surprise, when you’re jogging, shoveling snow or lifting weights at the gym.

Surprise heart attacks are often triggered by blood clots, which form when blood becomes thick and flows less freely through the arteries, allowing platelets to clump together to form clots or stick to the sides of arteries in the form of plaque, which can also break free as a clot. (Ref. 1)

Of course, blood’s clotting abilities are necessary – especially so in the event of a cut or injury – but clots that form in arteries or blood vessels have the potential to be fatal.

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When a blood vessel is damaged – such as when we cut ourselves or scrape our skin - messages are sent that trigger platelets to collect where the damage occurred, forming a plug that prevents additional blood from leaking out, beginning the healing process.

The release of platelets triggers a chain reaction of events including signals that generate fibrin strands that become woven with the platelets, creating a net. As the clotting process continues, the net traps more platelets and cells, making the clot stronger.

As your injury heals and the clot is no longer necessary, the body breaks it down. The fibrin strands dissolve and the platelets and cells return to your body’s blood supply. (Ref. 2)

But in some cases, blood clots do harm instead of good.

What can cause clots?

There are a variety of different health problems associated with excessive blood clotting, which is not only a risk factor associated with heart attacks but also can result in a stroke if a clot blocks blood flow to the brain.

  • Diabetes. High blood glucose levels can make blood sticky, so it flows less freely through the arteries and instead sticks to the sides in the form of plaque. If that plaque breaks free from the arterial wall, the result is a clot. According to statistics, close to 80 percent of those with diabetes will die of clot-related causes. (Ref. 3)
  • Atherosclerosis. Also known as hardening of the arteries, atherosclerosis occurs when plaque, cholesterol and triglycerides build up along the walls of the arteries, causing them to stiffen. This results in slower blood flow and creates the risk of plaque breaking free as a clot. Those who are overweight or obese are at a high risk of developing atherosclerosis.
  • Vasculitis. This disorder is caused when the body’s immune system attacks blood vessels, causing inflammation and as a result, blood vessel damage. Blood platelets may stick to damaged areas as blood flows, forming clots that have the potential to break free.
  • Heart failure. When the heart is weak or damaged, it is unable to pump blood fast enough, which can allow clots to form.
  • Atrial fibrillation. This irregular heartbeat can cause blood to pool rather than flow through the chambers of the heart, potentially allowing clots to form.
  • Deep vein thrombosis. This disorder occurs when a blood clot forms in the leg, often after sitting for long periods of time. (Ref. 4)


Preventing clots

There are a variety of ways to prevent deadly clots from forming.

  • Keep diseases linked to blood clots, including diabetes and heart disease, in check by controlling blood glucose levels and exercising regularly.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Lose weight. Leptin, a hormone produced by fat cells, is also linked to the blood clotting process when leptin and the leptin receptor on platelets interact. When we gain wright, leptin levels increase. In the same way excess blood sugar levels lead to insulin resistance, excess leptin generates resistance to the signals sent to leptin receptors, increasing the risk of a blood clot. (Ref. 5)
  • Avoid estrogen medications. Synthetic estrogen raises the risk of blood clots, experts say. (Ref. 6)
  • Move more. If you’re traveling or spend much of your day sitting at a desk, getting up to stretch or walk around as often as possible can prevent clots associated with deep vein thrombosis.

A supplement that’s heart smart

While diet and exercise can go a long way toward keeping your heart healthy and blood flowing smoothly, including a heart-healthy supplement can support the health and function of the cardiovascular system.

Xtend-Life's CX8 aims to improve heart health through the synergistic action of 8 ingredients, some of which are brand new to the market and hard to obtain in these forms. But it's not just the ingredients, it's the specific amounts and the way they work together that creates the X factor.

In addition to amino acids that help support the muscles of the heart, CX8 includes the proprietary ingredient Nattozimes, inspired by the fermented soybean natto, a popular Japanese food item that is believed to play a role in supporting heart health. Nattozimes helps maintain normal blood flow, supporting healthy circulation.

CX8 – which can be taken alone or along with Total Balance and Omega 3/DHA Fish Oil.



7 Responses

Hi Dee,

Our products are often taken alongside medication. However, we do advise discussing this first with your doctor.

We would further advise you take them about 2-3 hours apart to minimize any interaction between the two.

In good health,

Xtend-Life Expert November 09 2016

Maybe u mean blood clumps in conduits supplying the heart. As we develop more seasoned fats store inside the veins narrowing them and now and again the fat plaque in courses get to be burst into the blood vessel lumen, delivering an unpleasant surface where blood begins thickening. Smoking, diabetes, hypertension quicken the procedure of fat testimony.

Kathryn Kyler May 05 2016

<p class= x_MsoNormal >In general exercise is useful for your heart, however in the event that you try too hard you could really bring on a heart assault, particularly if the heart has some deformities as of now. Go simple on the working out. Uneasiness is bad for your heart or circulatory strain so far as that is concerned.

Amity Taylor May 03 2016

Hi Henry

Firstly, we cannot give medical advice especially whether or not your father requires heart surgery. It’s always recommended to consult your GP or health professional for such matters. You and your father could also discuss the following regimen with the cardiologist:

Total Balance Premium 7 Tabs/Day (2 Bottles/30 Days)

Omega 3 QH Ultra2 Soft Gels/Day (1 Bottle/30 Days)

Cardio-Support 4 Tabs/Day (1 Bottle/30 Days) *Could be increased to 6 tabs a day.

Lipi-Rite 2 Soft Gels/Day (1 Bottle/30 Days)

Xtend-Life Expert May 16 2016

Can this be taken safely with Xarelto?

Xtend-Life Expert November 09 2016

My dad 80 years age lately feel chest tight whenever walk and climb up stairs.Doctor say his 3 main artery have almost fully  clogged and advise he go for sugery and ’ artery balloon’.Please advise me he should perform sugery, or not and take Cardio support regime.Will he get better off if he not had surgery? 

Henry Loh May 14 2016

Thanks for this info, I’ll share it with my husband! Carin

Carin Becker November 03 2017

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