As always said, heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death and are a concern. However the efforts of global leaders have been on diseases that can spread such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and flus. They have been pushing for better germ control spreading outbreaks worldwide. Now I just saw the movie Contagion, yes viruses can spread quickly. However, Heart disease is a disease that we can control.
Now the global leaders are finally starting to focus on these deadly diseases. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls these diseases ”a public health emergency in slow motion.” Heart disease, lung disease and diabetes are chronic disease that can be avoided. Lifestyle behaviours such as smoking, eating poorly, getting stressed and not exercising are contributing to these deadly chronic disease.
Next week, the U.N. General Assembly will hold its first summit on chronic diseases. WOW that is great! Nice to see the world leaders focus on preventing versus reacting. Though, we are far from prevention it is a start in the right direction. Acknowleding the problem is the first step in tacking the problem.
To your success,
The Last Heart Attack with Dr.Sanjay Gupta
Heart disease is the number one cause of death of men and women and it is preventable. Here are our thoughts on the documentary.
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1. Heart disease is not fixed with stents or bypass surgery. It becomes very important to focus on lifestyle changes with exercise, nutrition and stress management.
I really like how they had the different subjects, from Bill Clinton who has had multiple interventions to prevention patients, who was Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
You can see here that Mr. Bill Clinton was not fixed from his bypass surgery. He had to have further intervention with another heart stent. Now that he is losing weight, focusing on his diet and hopefully incorporating stress management techniques to reverse his disease process.
There was another patient who underwent bypass surgery to cure his symptoms of heart disease. Unfortunately he had to go in for another procedure. I am not saying that this is not good, it just becomes important to understand your risk before it gets to this state.
Stents and bypasses should be used to cure symptoms and improve quality of life. It does not reverse heart disease. To reverse heart disease takes an immense amount of dedication.
2. Prevention is KEY. I really liked how they talked about prevention. You can stop heart disease IF you know your risk. Doing a carotid IMT scan is important along with understanding your whole risk profile. I don’t necessarily agree undergoing a radiation calcium score unless you see other higher risk factors. Also it is important to understand that heart disease victims mostly have normal cholesterol profiles. It depends strongly on the inflammatory response to cholesterol. The small and large LDL molecules are not measured at your family doctors office. This is where a carotid IMT test will give you a good idea what is going on inside your arterial health.
3. Heart attack victims do have options. If you have had a heart attack the ideal standard of care is to open it up with a stent. Now research is looking at various options. I have mentioned before with our post on heart attack stent. Many times actually most times if you have a heart attack you probably will end up with a stent and medications to control the disease process. If you want to reverse the disease process it takes an immense amount of work again focusing on lifestyle changes reducing and reversing the inflammatory response.
4. One thing Dr. Sanjay Gupta was focusing on was using food as medicine. Yes this is very important but not the only thing. I think the documentary fails to report the heart health benefits of exercise and stress management.
I know it sounds like a lot of work to reverse heart disease. It is but when you do you actually feel better, increase your quality of life, and start to notice a difference. I don’t think it is necessary to go to extremes. You can read our nutrition section on our DVD program for further details. Yes there are some benefits to going vegetarian but if this something you don’t want to do you can do things in moderation. The concern is when people are eating poorly the majority of the time.
We have seen many cases in which people reverse their age of their heart with the carotid IMT scan by changing their overall health. They are not always on a vegetarian diet.
Take things in stages with your eating, just like with exercise. If you have never exercised you can’t run a marathon right away. It takes months of training. Don’t do anything drastic, add healthy things slowly at a time and you will note that you are automatically subtracting poor behaviours.
You will find your groove to reverse and prevent heart disease.
To your success.