A heart attack or Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) is the leading cause of death in both women and men! 652,091 people died of heart disease in 2005.
Half were women.47% died before they could reach a hospital. And the risks escalate with age.
The major terms defined:
1. Atherosclerosis – plaque in arteries.
2. Thrombosis – blood clots.
3. Arrhythmias & Atrial Fibrillation – irregular heartbeat.
4. Hypertension – high blood pressure.
5. Aneurysm – weak wall & balloon in blood vessel.
The important “10-10” for evaluation of Heart disease
Many risk factors are responsible for varied heart diseases , but we identify them as “The Risky 10”, which are as follows :
1. DIET: High fat diet, trans fatty acids, high sugar, junk food, food allergens.
2. LIFESTYLE: Lack of exercise, smoking, stress, obesity.
3. HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE: This places stress on the heart and blood vessels, eventually causing an aneurysm or rupture, leading to heart attack, stroke, or kidney failure.
4. WEAK BLOOD VESSELS: Weak vessels occur with deficiencies of pycnogenol and otherfactors, causing bruising, broken blood vessels on skin, and hidden clots, aneurysms, orruptures.
5. HIGH LIPIDS: High LDL cholesterol, Triglycerides, and Lipoprotein (a) lead to atherosclerosis (plaque). Excessive iodine intake can raise TSH and serum cholesterol.
6. STATIN DRUGS: These Rx medications block synthesis of cholesterol — but also CoEnzymeQ-10 needed for energy production in mitochondria. There are 200 mitochondria in most cells, 5000 in each heart cell. Eventually statins can lead to mitochondrial and heart damage and congestive heart failure.
7. B-VITAMIN DEFICIENCY: Deficiencies of vitamins B6, B12 or folate cause high homocysteine. This amino acid corrodes arteries by degrading the collagen, elastin and proteoglycans in blood vessels, causing blood clots.
8. INFLAMMATION: C-Reactive Protein is an inflammatory response to infections and allergies.It causes atherosclerotic lesions in blood vessels, irregular heartbeat, and depletes nitric oxide needed to build new blood vessels in damaged hearts.
9. HORMONES: Birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy increase blood clot risk. Women with other risk factors should not use estrogen pills or creams.
But bio-identical progesterone is protective, especially after menopause. Synthetic “progestins” are not protective.
10. GENETICS: Review your family history. (1) An MTHFR gene defect can block metabolism off olic acid, increasing blood clots.
(2) The beta-fibrinogen gene polymorphism causes high fibrinogen, fibers that clot blood
Nutritional therapies will not only decrease heart attack risk, but improve health, energy and appearance. Together with lifestyle changes (exercise, weight loss, stress reduction, and others), we can all look forward to longer healthier lives.