Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States today, but the good news is that new knowledge, techniques, medications, and the promise of stem cell treatment of heart disease may knock it out of first place.
Historically we have thought of heart disease as a man’s disease, while most women have worried about breast cancer, uterine cancer, lung cancer, fearing tham as the major causes of female deaths. Their fears of heart disease as a major cause of death was for their husbands and the conscern that they would be left behind as widows. Tragically, many physicians and other health consultants had the same mistaken impressions … often leading to misdiagnosis and mistreatment which has too frequently lead to fatal results. The tragic fact is that heart disease kills more women than all the cancers put together. It is indeed the number one killer of women as well as men. In fact, after menapause it actually kills more women than men. This is in part due to that the diagnosis of heart disease is a greater challenge in women than in men because the symptoms are often different and harder to recognize, and partly because women are often not as vigorously treated following a heart attack as men are, 38 percent of women, apposed to 25 percent of men, will die within one year of their heart attack In addition, significantly more women than men die of stroke.
Men and women share most of the common risk factors for heart disease, including family genetic history for heart disease, age, diabetes, hypertension or high blood pressure, obesity, poor lifestyle choices like smoking or excessive drinking and chemical abuses. However, women also have some additional risk factors including menopausal changes. Add to these risk factors the facts that women do not get cardiovascular screening tests as often as men, nor do they as often get cutting-edge treatment techniques as their male counterparts. It is little wonder then that their heart disease incidence rate is higher and survival rate is lower than for men.
The most common cause of heart disease among both men and women is narrowing and blockage of the coronary arteries. The coronary arteries are the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart muscles itself. This is refered to as coronary artery disease and developes slowly over time. Coronary artery disease is the major reason people have heart attacks.
Since coronary artery disease developes over a period of time prevention is possible and important because two-thirds of people who have a heart attack fail to make a full recovery. The older a person gets, the more likely he or she is to get heart disease. People of all ages should be concerned about heart disease and start to take preventive measures at an early age, even during childhood. All people should take steps to prevent heart disease by practicing healthy lifestyle habits from childhood on. It is freightening to realize that childhood obesity and sedentary lifestyle is becoming epidemic in the United States.
Early treatment can limit heart damage when given as soon as possible after onset of a heart attack, preferably within one hour of the first symptoms. This golden hour is too often missed in women. The tragic fact is that one in three women dies of heart disease in the United States; almost twice as many women die of cardiovascular disease, both heart disease and stroke, than from all cancer deaths combined. Though both men and women have heart attacks, more women die from them.
For both men and women in America the major factors contributing to heart disease and death are smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, family history, and age. Although you can't do much about genetics, you can take precautions early on if your family history shows a tendency toward cardiovascular disease. Lifestyle may be a greater factor in familial heart disease than genetics. You can make lifestyle changes to avoid many of the risk factors and even reduce the effect of genetics and age on your health.
This book is dedicated to help you and your loved ones to understand the workings of a healthy heart, the problems caused by an unhealthy heart and to guide you into a lifestyle that will give you the greatest health and life potential you can achieve. For those who already are living with heart disease we will point out your options to give you the best chance for cure, or to minimize your chances for further damage, and to give you the best prognosis you can hope for. There are new treatments on the horizon to give us all hope and hopefully to knock heart disease out of first place as mankind’s major killer.
Heart disease is now the number one killer of both men and women, but new knowledge, techniques, medications, and the promise of stem cell treatment of heart disease may knock it out of first place.
Chapter 1. Wonders of the healthy heart
Understand the different parts of the heart, the muscle, the valves, the electrical system and the circulatory system of the heart.
Chapter 2. Diseases of the heart
Diseases of the heart muscle, the heart valves, the electrical system and circulatory system of the heart.
Chapter 3. The risk factors
Smoking, obesity, malnutrition, sedentary lifestyle, hypertension, diabetes, distress, menopause, genetics, and other diseases increasing your chances of developing heart disease.
Chapter 4. Changing the odds in your favor
Simple lifestyle changes can make all the difference; even a minor change today can mean you’re healthier tomorrow.
Chapter 5. Nutrition
Follow some simple rules of good nutrition and you’ll never have to diet again. What is obesity? You can be heavy and healthy! You really are what you eat, the proteins, the carbohydrates, the fats, the vitamins, the minerals, and fiber.
Chapter 6. All about Carbohydrates
If it’s not protein or fat, it’s carbohydrate.
Chapter 7. All about Proteins
Protein is the building block of your body and life.
Chapter 8. All about fats
Fat ain’t all bad; in fact it’s essential to life.
Chapter 9. All about Fiber
Fiber is an unsung hero; learn to love it.
Chapter 10. Supplementation
Who needs supplementation? Which supplements are heart healthy? Estrogen replacement and alternatives to estrogen replacement.
Chapter 11. Exercise
Exercise is a must for a healthy heart. There are exercises for everyone … even those who hate exercise! No pain can still mean lots of gain! Fifteen minutes here, fifteen minutes there.
Chapter 12. Poisons to the heart
Tobacco is the greatest threat to your heart’s health … even if you don’t smoke! Alcohol, a benefit or hazard? Other pollutants and chemical hazards to the heart.
Chapter 13. Stress and Distress
Stress can be healthy until it turns to distress. Keep stress a motivating factor … keep distress from damaging your health. Coping with crisis.
Chapter 14. Goals for good heart health
Are you chasing after rainbows? Your values have probably changed, have your goals? Reevaluate to avoid frustration and distress. What will make you really happy?
Chapter 15. Curing heart disease
Lifestyle change, medications, surgery, and now the promise of Stem Cell treatment may knock heart disease out of number one killer of both men and women.
Chapter 16. What’s in the future?
There is promise of Stem Cell therapy and new medications on the horizon.
Chapter 17. In conclusion
Realign your lifestyle to minimize your risk factors and increase your beneficial factors. Motivation. Involve others in your healthy habits.
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