Deaths from heart disease and Stroke wipe out over four hundred thousand Americans, and one hundred and twenty thousand people in the United Kingdom each year! And yet we now know more about the physiology of the heart than ever before.
Why do we still have folks dying prematurely from heart attacks, strokes and blood clots at the ridiculously young age of forty, fifty or even sixty years of age? We have the knowledge and the technology to enable our hearts to keep on pumping blood round our bodies well into our senior years – even up to age ninety or one hundred years old.
The latest studies into the longevity and lifestyles of the oldest people in the world have confirmed that the human heart is perfectly capable of functioning for many more decades than the average age of death from heart related illness in the population would suggest.
Coronary heart disease has been a recognised disease for more than a century, and recent advances in scientific research have produced an enormous number of early diagnoses, drug treatments, natural remedies and surgical procedures that have prevented countless thousands of deaths. However, despite all this progress in the treatment of heart related problems, the incidence of death and diseases of the heart continue to surge relentlessly.
One of the problems is that coronary heart disease develops slowly within the body’s arteries over many years. Most people are uneducated about heart disease and so are unaware of the risk factors. They have received very little education or exposure about this killer disease, as they have grown older and passed through school, college and into adulthood.
Without a clear understanding of ALL the risk factors for heart disease it is impossible to plan on avoiding it. The science tells us that the heart risk factors that contribute to the development of many types of cardiac related problems are cumulative – in other words the more risk factors that you have the greater is the chance that you will develop a serious or life threatening heart condition.
The vitally important message here is that if you focus your heart disease prevention efforts on just one factor, this is not sufficent – you have to focus on all of them. This is often misunderstood by people who seek at all costs to reduce their dietary fat intake, whilst, for example, ignoring the fact that they are physically inactive, and do not take nearly enough aerobic exercise.
Here is a quick review of the major risk factors for developing heart disease :-
- High Blood Pressure
- High Blood Cholesterol
- Inactive Lifestyle
- Excessive alcohol consumption
If you examine your lifestyle and make moderate improvements to reduce the above risk factors, this will reduce your overall risk more substantially than an extreme effort to reduce just one or two of the heart health risk factors.