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Causes and Prevention of Heart Disease
By: California Center of Longevity & Functional Medicine on January 29, 2014
I want to share a common scenario that is played out in your doctor's office every day:
Your doctor says: "Your total cholesterol is 250, which is high. Your bad cholesterol, LDL, is 135, which is high. And your good cholesterol is 35, which is low."
Your doctor then prescribes a statin that lowers your total cholesterol and LDL, and slightly raises your HDL.
You leave your appointment feeling confident that your heart is ok.
Five years later you are start experiencing chest pressure that radiates into your left arm. You are slightly short of breath and sweaty. So you are rushed to the hospital. And you are diagnosed with a heart attack.
The 5 major risk factors of heart disease are:
Most heart attacks are due to plaque formation, which is a sticky substance that is made up of fatty material, cholesterol and fats, with inflammatory cells that build up along the coronary arteries.
The plaque ruptures, blocking the flow of blood to the heart muscle, causing a heart attack.
But the big question is why do people with NORMAL cholesterol, sugar and blood pressure have heart disease?
The answer is that coronary heart disease is not due to cholesterol, but it is the result of inflammation, oxidative stress (free radical damage), and autoimmune damage to your coronary arteries.
Treatment should be geared towards correcting these abnormalities in the arteries so as to prevent plaque rupturing. Taking medication for high blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol will NOT control these issues.
We can lower our risk of heart disease through proper nutrition, nutritional supplements, exercise, and relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga.
I want to share an eight-step approach to prevent cardiovascular disease, from Dr. Mark Houston's book, "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Heart Disease:
It is never too late to start this program to slowly prevent and even reverse heart disease.