Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United states. It Accounts for 655,000 deaths each year, that is 1 in every 4 deaths. In 2014 and 2015 people with heart disease cost the US 219 billion dollars, this money went towards health care services, medicines, and loss of productivity due to death.
Every year about 805,000 Americans have a heart attack, of these:
*605,000 are a first heart attack.
*200,000 happen to people who have already had a heart attack.
*about 1 in 5 heart attacks is silent the damage is done but the person is not aware of it.
While these numbers are astounding there are preventative measures that can be taken to not become another statistic.
Most people who are at risk of Heart Disease may be classified as having Metabolic Syndrome. To have Metabolic Syndrome you must have 3 of the following 5:
*increased waist circumference (>35” women, >40 “men)
*Increased blood pressure (>130/>85 or on HTN meds)
*increased fasting blood sugar (>100mg/dl)
*Increased Triglycerides (>150)
*Decreased HDL cholesterol
If patients fall into this category, their doctor may prescribe a Statin. The problem with this solution is Statins deplete the body of essential nutrients that can potentially prevent Cardiovascular Disease.
Nutrients such as:
A study entitled “Lyon Heart Diet Study” where participants followed a tailored Mediterranean diet over 27 months and showed:
*70% reduction for overall mortality
*73% reduction for fatal and non-fatal Myocardial Infarction
*significant reductions for angina, stroke, hart failure