August 2014

Preventing Heart Attack-Stroke

Preventing and Reversing Heart Attack and Stroke

 

Heart disease, specifically heart attack, is # 1 cause of death in the U.S. and and throughout the industrial world. Stroke is the # 3 killer. Each year more than 12 million people die of heart attack and stroke worldwide. Heart attack and stroke belong to a larger group of conditions that cause illnesses, disability and death. This group of diseases involving the heart and its entire circulatory system are called Cardiovascular diseases. The most common individual condition in this group is atherosclerotic heart disease and stroke. Atherosclerosis cardiovascular disease and cerebrovascular disease are responsible for the majority of all deaths and disability from heart disease and stroke discussed above. Throughout the world, the U.S. included, statistics tell us that there is at least one death every second from cardiovascular diseases. The most common cause of heart disease is cardiovascular disease or atherosclerotic heart disease. It has been estimated that one out of every two people in the U.S. will die of some form of cardiovascular disease.

 

What Conditions Are Considered Cardiovascular Diseases?

Not everyone who suffers from heart disease, heart attack, stroke, peripheral vascular disease and other related causes die. Tens of thousands of people suffer from these illnesses, many are disabled or suffer chronic pain, millions require medication and to control them. Those who suffer from heart disease, who have already had a heart attack, often worry silently whether it could happen to them again.

In the U.S. Cardiovascular diseases are approached on the basis of treating them after they have become symptomatic and most commonly after they have become significantly symptomatic. At first this may sound appropriate, If I begin having chest pain I would sure want a thorough evaluation and the best possible treatment. The problem with this approach is that both heart disease and stroke, and many of the other cardiovascular diseases we are going to discuss, can be prevented. Waiting until they become symptomatic is bad medicine and should be considered a sign of bad medical care.

Today both you the and your physician should be aggressively working toward preventing cardiovascular disease from childhood on. It may already be too late for you but it also may not. Often cardiovascular disease, even relatively advanced cardiovascular disease can be not only prevented but also reversed. You should be thinking ahead for your children and planning and working toward reversing already existent cardiovascular disease for yourself.

In the remainder of this section we will look at two things: 1) What is heart disease and stroke? and 2) How can they be prevented and reversed. The first part is to educate the readers as to what cardiovascular disease, especially heart disease and stroke, are so that they are truly informed consumers. Without a basic education about these topics the average individual cannot ask the right questions and may not fully understand what his physician is telling them. They may not, therefore, fully understand the alternatives placed before them and hence will act out of fear and stress rather then knowledge and understanding.

Often people think that the only way to prevent heart disease is to give up something, some times to give up a lot of things that they really do not want to give up. This is not true. You do not have to significantly change your diet, or become a professional athlete, nor live without an occasional drink, smoking or eating your favorite foods. YOU CAN SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE THE RISK OF HEART DISEASE AND STROKE WITHOUT DOING ANY OF THESE THINGS. On the contrary, you may well have to give these things up and a lot more if you become symptomatic and develop significant health problems where your life and well-being is at ultimately stake.

If you are presently asymptomatic, that is do not have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, chest pain or an irregular heart rate you can start a prevention and reversal program where you do not have to give up a most of these things and still get excellent results. We will tell you how to do this if you are interested but first lets look at what cardiovascular disease is and what is generally needed to evaluate it.

 

Cardiovascular Diseases

  • Asymptomatic - Coronary Artery Disease
  • Symptomatic - Coronary Artery Disease - Angina
  • Heart Attack
  • Minor/Transient Cerebrovascular Ischemic Episodes
  • Cerebral Vascular Accident - Stroke
  • Peripheral Vascular Diseases
  • Table: 1.

     

    Early Symptoms of Cardiovascular Disease

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Elevated Serum Cholesterol
  • Elevated LDL-Cholesterol
  • Decreased HDL-Cholesterol
  • Elevated Serum Triglycerides
  • Chest Pain
  • There May Be No Symptoms At All Only - Sudden Death
  • Table: 2.

     

    The fact that one out of every two people in our country will suffer from a cardiovascular disease means statistically that you or one or more of your family members or friends are likely to be affected. It is also likely that several of your friends and family members will suffer and even die from a heart attack or stroke some time during their life time. This also means that if you look around you right now, at the people in your life, at work and play many of them are also already at risk for cardiovascular disease. With these odds, it is important that each of us begins right now to change these statistics for themselves, for their family and for those you love and care about.

    Of the more than 1.5 million men and women will suffer heart attacks, 300,000 of them will die suddenly before they can even reach a hospital or receive medical attention. Most of these people will have no idea that they even had heart disease. Often even their doctors may not know they were at risk.

     

    What is Asymptomatic Heart Disease?

    What is Symptomatic Heart Disease?

    What is a Heart Attack?

    What is a stroke?

     

    More About Peripheral Vascular Disease

    To understand this problem better it might help to know exactly what a heart attack and stroke is. Once you understand the problem then we can look at current methods of prevention.


    What Are Some of the Current Ways To Prevent Myself From Having A Heart Attack or A Stroke?