Reasons Why We Die of Heart Disease

Reasons Why We Die of Heart Disease

According to the US Surgeon General, heart attacks and strokes are highly preventable. In fact, seven of ten Americans who die each year, die of a preventable chronic disease such as heart disease and diabetes [1]. A former US Surgeon General, David Satcher, said, “Currently, 95 percent of the health care dollars in the US are spent on treating disease, with relatively little attention paid to preventing disease, which should be a national priority [2].”

Here are seven reasons why we die of heart disease7 reasons why we die of heart disease

We Smoke

The risk of dying of a heart attack is four times higher in people who smoke than in those who don’t smoke. Many of us are under the impression that the major danger from smoking is cancer but that’s not quite true; smoking is the major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and cardiovascular disease. In fact, about 40 percent of deaths caused by cardiovascular disease are due to smoking.

We Don’t Walk

Over the past 50 years, health professionals have examined the association between physical activity and the risk for heart disease. The findings consistently reveal that people who are physically active have half the risk for heart attacks than people who are not active. Those studies show also that at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, such as brisk walking, on most days of the week, is sufficient to reduce the risk of heart attack [3].

We Eat Too Much Saturated Fat

There’s a reason why health authorities advice us to limit the consumption of saturated fat:

  • Saturated fat is the most rigid of all fats and is solid at room temperature. Solid fats are hard to dissolve and can easily get stuck in your arteries.
  • When you eat too much saturated fat, your liver keeps producing cholesterol and you end up with much more cholesterol than you need.

Limit saturated fat consumption to less than 10 percent of the total calories ingested per day.

We Ingest Too Many Foods Containing Hydrogenated Oils or Trans Fats

Hydrogenated oils or trans fats as they are usually called, are produced artificially by injecting molecules of hydrogen in vegetable oils, a process called hydrogenation. Through this process, the oil, which is liquid at room temperature, changes its original form and becomes solid. In other words, it becomes saturated fat. In addition, the unnatural shapes of trans fats cause our cells to become malformed and to malfunction. And that includes the cells of the heart and the arteries.

Read the food label and avoid products which contain trans fats or hydrogenated fats.

We Don’t Eat Enough Fruits and Vegetables

We know that people who consume plant foods regularly have a lower incidence of heart disease than those who don’t include them in their diet.

Fruits and vegetables contain phytochemicals, non-nutritive chemicals found in plant foods that protect their host plants from infections and microbial invasions. However, phytochemicals are also crucial in protecting humans against many diseases, including heart disease.

Limit saturated fat consumption to less than 10 percent of the total calories ingested per day.

We Ingest Too Many Foods Containing Hydrogenated Oils or Trans Fats

Hydrogenated oils or trans fats as they are usually called, are produced artificially by injecting molecules of hydrogen in vegetable oils, a process called hydrogenation. Through this process, the oil, which is liquid at room temperature, changes its original form and becomes solid. In other words, it becomes saturated fat. In addition, the unnatural shapes of trans fats cause our cells to become malformed and to malfunction. And that includes the cells of the heart and the arteries.

Read the food label and avoid products which contain trans fats or hydrogenated fats.

We Don’t Eat Enough Fruits and Vegetables

We know that people who consume plant foods regularly have a lower incidence of heart disease than those who don’t include them in their diet.

Fruits and vegetables contain phytochemicals, non-nutritive chemicals found in plant foods that protect their host plants from infections and microbial invasions. However, phytochemicals are also crucial in protecting humans against many diseases, including heart disease.

We Have Too Much Stress

Eighty percent of the population suffers from some kind of symptoms caused by stress which many times end up in illnesses such as high blood pressure—a risk factor for heart attack.

One of the reasons why you succumb to disease easily is because tension reduces your capacity to adapt to today’s changing environment.

And the 7th reason why we die of heart disease is…….

We Drink too Much Alcohol

Avoid high alcohol consumption. 5 to 7 percent of the hypertension we see in people is due to high alcohol intake. The Health World Organization estimates that almost 2/3 of strokes and 50 percent of heart attacks are caused by high blood pressure.

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10 Things Every Woman Should Know About Heart Disease

Under Pressure High blood pressure can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. A higher percentage of women have high blood pressure after age 55 than do men.

Watch Your Waistline Being overweight, especially around the waistline, increases your risk of high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Keep Moving Lack of exercise increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. Aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week.

Keep Cholesterol in Check The higher your LDL cholesterol level, the greater your risk of coronary heart disease.

Manage Diabetes Diabetes increases your risk of heart disease.

Butt Out Smoking increases your risk to coronary heart disease.

What’s Up Doc? Be sure to visit your doctor for a check-up annually.

Age Gracefully As women grow older, their risks of heart disease and stroke begin to increase and continues to increase with age.

What to Watch The most significant symptom of heart attack is pain or pressure in the chest. However, the warning signals of heart attack can be different for women than for men. Often, women also experience shortness of breath, fatigue, anxiety, nausea or vomiting, and back or jaw pain.

You’re Not Immune Heart disease affects women of all ages, races and economic levels. It can happen to you!

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10 Deadliest Drugs

10 Deadliest Drugs

Approved by the FDA—but are your meds safe? Critics claim tragic failures like the approval of the painkiller Vioxx, which may have caused up to 100,000 heart attack and stroke deaths, are a direct result of prioritizing speed over safety reviews. So what can you do in the meantime to minimize risk from medications like the 10 Deadliest Drugs mentioned below?

The first thing is to be an informed consumer and be sure that the 10 Deadliest drugs you take are necessary and have not been flagged as potentially problematic. For example, the mild opioid drugs Darvon and Darvocet have been found to be no more effective than aspirin—and they can cause heart damage.

These are the 10 Deadliest Drugs:

Rank – Drug —————– Type —————————- Deaths 1998-2005
1 – OxycodonePrescription opioid painkiller* – 5548
2 – FentanylPrescription opioid painkiller* – 3545
3 – ClozapineAntipsychotic3277
4 – MorphinePrescription opioid painkiller* – 1616
5 – AcetaminophenOver-the-counter painkiller1393
6 – MethadonePrescription opioid painkiller*/addiction medication1258
7 – InfliximabImmune-system modulating drug1228
8 – Interferon betaImmune-system modulating drug1178
9 – RisperidoneAntipsychotic1093
10- EtanerceptImmune-system modulating drug1034

Source: Moore TJ et al., Serious Adverse Drug Events Reported to the Food and Drug Administration, 1998-2005, Archives of Internal Medicine, Sept. 10., 2007; 167 (16): 1752-1759 —– (WXii, 24 March 20008)

 

How to Recognize a Stroke

How to Recognize a Stroke

If you think someone is having a Stroke, remember the 60 second test:

  • 1. Ask the individual to smile.
  • 2. Ask him or her to raise both arms.
  • 3. Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence coherently, like “It is sunny out today.”

NOTE: Another ‘sign’ of a Stroke is this: Ask the person to ‘stick’ out their tongue . if the tongue is ‘crooked’, if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a Stroke.

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To help you remember this procedure, remember these 3 important words in STRoke. Ask the person (who you suspect is suffering from a stroke) to do the 3 STR described below:

  • S is for Smile
  • T is for Talk
  • R is for Raise both arms

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IF THE INDIVIDUAL HAS TROUBLE WITH ANY OF THESE TASKS, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY and describe the symptoms to the emergency ambulance personnel!

More information on how to recognize stroke risk factors, its symptoms, effects and what you can do to minimize its problems, visit: American Stroke Association website

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Randy Pausch Time Management Video 2007

Randy Pausch Time Management Video 2007

Randy Pausch put up a Time Management video he did some time back with the help of Gabe Robins in November 2007 at the University of Virginia.

You will find this video very useful if you are concern about time management and how to get your priorities right.  As usual, Pausch has delivered a lecture with his unique, insightful and funny style.  This video was made after he had been diagnosed with the difficult to cure pancreatic cancer.  If anyone should know about time management, Randy certainly does.

Don’t know who Randy Pausch is? Then read our earlier post on “Randy Pausch Last Lecture” by clicking on this link.

 

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Best Motivational Stories 1 – Eliot

Best Motivational Stories 1 – Eliot

This is one of the best motivational videos I have seen in a long time.

It is a true life story about a little boy with the Edwards Syndrome (Trisomy 18) – which has some similarities to the Down Syndrome. This motivational video shows how Eliot Hartman Mooney survives each day, bravely defying the virtually insurmountable odds stacked against him. Every day this boy survives is a miracle.

best motivational stories - eliot-mooneyEliot Mooney was born with an undeveloped lung, a heart with a hole in it and DNA that placed faulty information into each and every cell of his body. However, that could not stop the living God from proclaiming Himself through this boy who never uttered a word” – Matt Mooney.

This motivational video is one of the most inspirational stories you will ever come across and can only inspire us to be the best we can – even if it is just for a little while…

Through this inspirational video, little Eliot (together with is loving mom, Ginny and dad, Matt Mooney) has showed us that life is a a gift to be lived to the fullest.

When I hear somebody sigh, “Life is hard,” I am always tempted to ask, “Compared to what?“. Do we measured life by the number of breaths we take, or by the moments that take our breath away?

Do we live each day as if it were your last day on earth? And do we love as if it was our first day in Heaven? Maybe the perfect romance does not exist…but true love does. It exists between a dog and a little boy, between a little boy and his mom and dad, between his parents and their closest friends, between lovers….. Between boys too young to die but who willingly sacrifice their  very lives when violence casts a long dark shadow on their friends’ path of true potential.

Closest friends are the ones that have stood by you through the hard times… supported your decisions… made a real effort to understand your hard decisions… gave you a shoulder to cry on…..gave you their time…..

We have wasted all too many Yesterdays… and all too many Today’s… and placed too much potential (and hope) on our all too well planned Tomorrow’s. Don’t use our tomorrows as an excuse for not doing what we should have done today.

Today, not tomorrows, offer us the most potential to be special and to do something great.  Tomorrows are all too often  just a moving target – like a ship that never reaches its destination.  Todays, are paid for in full with blood, sweat and tears.  Tomorrows, on the other hand, are just borrowed time, an uncommitted promise – not paid for with true human capital.  To put it bluntly, Tomorrows are just unfulfilled dreams.  Today is the stuff legends and breakthroughs are made of.  What is done today can be the turning point of your future.

May we never waste another day on earth. Make each day simply remarkable – as if it was our last.  Lifetimes are an unknown quantity.  Like a row of candles.  No one knows which candle will be the first to be extinguished when a sudden gush of wind fills the room.  How quickly they go away.  How wonderful they were when they shone brilliantly through the dark!

So the next time you feel the urge to complain or grumble or say an unkind word, spare a thought for little Eliot, the miracle baby boy.  Eliot has taught us how to live each day to the fullest.  His spirit lives in each and everyone of us. Let not our all-too-fleeting Todays be wasted on things that do not count in the long run.

Watch Eliot Mooney’s remarkable video and highly motivational life story on YouTube here:

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=th6Njr-qkq0&gl=SG&hl=en-GB]

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