The Shocking Facts About Heart Disease (and the even more shocking solution).(The following has been adapted from Dr. Pilgreen’s book, Your Heart May Be A Ticking Time Bomb)
I wasn’t prepared for the phone call. The voice on the other end of the line was urgent. “Your father has had a heart attack.” Those seven words pierce the hearts of thousands of people every day just as they did mine.
At the time, I had just started practice as an associate doctor. At the age of 24, I was one of the youngest graduates of chiropractic medical school in California. When I put down the phone, I turned to my boss, Dr. Smith, a large bear of a man. I wrapped my arms around his huge frame and cried. He told me, “go be with your father.”
The doctor who operated on my dad said he had so much plaque in his arteries that his aorta simply shut down. The doctor tried to clean out the blockage but could only get the catheters down to mid thigh. My dad’s arteries were like old, stopped up rusty pipes.
Intermittent claudication. It’s the reason Dad had to sell his restaurant. The arteries in his legs were so clogged that he could barely make it to the end of the lunch counter before burning pain stopped him in his tracks. Whenever we went somewhere, he would always wind up saying, “Go ahead, I’ll catch up.”
That horrible day my dad said he hadn’t been feeling well. On his way to the VA hospital he had the heart attack. Two days later he died.
I had though that I would be okay with it as he was in his late seventies, but the pain was completely overwhelming and nearly unbearable. I felt helpless and angry.
What happened to my dad could happen to you or one of your loved ones. Which is why you need to get
The facts about heart attack and heart disease
Medical technology was not as advanced then as it is now, but it probably wouldn’t have helped my dad anyway. Even today, with new advances in medicine, people drop dead of heart attacks like flies.
To avoid my pain, I began to fill my time researching and studying heart disease. Here’s some of what I found.
Every 33 seconds, someone dies of a heart attack in the United States – a total death count equivalent to five fully loaded jumbo jets crashing every day.
- Heart attacks are the number one killer followed by cancer, strokes and diabetes.
- Two thirds of all deaths are attributable to heart disease and related conditions.
- Seventy percent of all fatal heart attacks are sudden and without warning
Over 700,000 Americans will have a new heart attack and 500,000 will have a recurrent attack every year. Not only is the number of attacks increasing, but people who are under medical care have a 70 percent chance of having a second heart attack. Here are some more figures to chew on. In 2006
- Coronary bypass operations: 1,285,000
- Angioplasties: 427,000
- Diagnostic catheterizations (angiograms): 1,471,000
That’s a lot of procedures. Coronary heart disease (CHD) comprises more than half of all cardiovascular events in men and women under the age of 75.
The lifetime risk of developing CHD after the age of 40 is 49 percent in men and 32 percent in women. Alarming? You bet. This is a call for all baby boomers to carefully consider being proactive to prevent heart disease
And the cost of heart disease is staggering. The heart disease business is booming. The American Heart Association’s latest statistics show that $151.6 billion was spent on heart disease in 2007.
Heart Attacks and Modern Medicine
Most people want to think that modern medicine has a handle on the heart attack epidemic… but the facts speak for themselves.
Along with heart attacks, there are epidemics of high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels, heart palpitations, chest pain and irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias).
In over 40 years, treatment hasn’t changed, nor has modern medicine been able to find a cure. New drugs, new surgical procedures, new technology – all have the same old results.
There have been some successes with cholesterol lowering drugs, but only with younger people who already have advanced heart disease. However, these drugs are TOTALLY ineffective for men over 65… and for ALL women.
I’m not totally bashing medical practitioners; they are mostly highly skilled and caring professionals who possess some of the best minds in the country. I am bashing the basic assumption that drugs or surgery can solve the problem without looking at the underlying cause.
The good news is, there are steps you can take NOW that will stop heart disease, prevent it, or even reverse it – but you need to educate yourself about them.
These are simple, natural, and scientifically proven steps. I found them along my interesting path to discovery that began with my father’s heart attack.
Here are some of the fascinating facts I discovered.
- In 1998 Harvard researchers discovered a way to cut the risk of heart attack in half. Just double the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of two B-vitamins. One of these B-vitamins didn’t appear to have many benefits… until it was teamed up with the other.
- Research has shown one natural steroid-like molecule can prevent cancer and may reduce the risk of heart disease. Your body can make this molecule on it’s own, but it needs cholesterol to do it!
- In 2005, researchers published the results of a 10-year, 40,000-person study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study found a “significant 24% reduction” in cardiovascular death for participants taking small doses of another vitamin. Yet because it wasn’t a drug, they concluded that doctors didn’t need to recommend it.
- There’s a specific type of exercise routine PROVEN to build a healthy and lasting heart. The best part is 12 minute of it is actually BETTER for you than 40 minutes!
I’ve written about all this and more in my book, “Your Heart May Be A Ticking Time Bomb. How to save your own life BEFORE the bomb squad comes with drugs, stents and surgery.”
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