What Causes a Heart Attack?
What Causes Clogged Arteries?
Your arteries didn’t become clogged just by luck or chance, and hopefully you are already aware of this, they became clogged through a series of choices. These choices are the foods you have chosen to eat over your lifetime and the level of exercise in which you have chosen to participate.
There is a huge myth out there about what causes clogged arteries and heart disease. And the myth is a carryover from the 1980s when the big enemy was fat. The entire nation, it seemed, was fleeing from fat, and at the same time running toward foods made with ridiculously large amounts of sugar.
Fat was a big cause for disease doctors told us, and everybody was told to go on an extremely low-fat diet. Even the American Heart Association recommended that people at risk of heart disease or those who had already suffered a heart attack avoid practically all fat in their diet. Some people were told to go on 10 grams of fat a day or even less.
And here’s why it was a big mistake; all fats were put into the same group, so whether it was fat from fish oils or fat from beef lard, it was all considered to be the same fat, and it was all considered to be the enemy of human health. /span>
Of course today we know that the hysteria surrounding fat was just that — nothing but poorly justified fear resulting from major mistakes by medical researchers, combined with a huge marketing push by food producers who discovered that selling people sugar was a lot easier, and a lot more profitable than selling fat.
There are healthy, good types of fat that you must ingest if your goal is to unclog your arteries. And today it is well known that those fats include omega-3 fatty acids, fish oils, and monounsaturated fats. Basically, the kind of fats you find in oily fish, nuts, seeds, and fruits like avocados.
The real culprit that causes clogged arteries are hydrogenated oils and any foods made with hydrogenated oils. That’s because hydrogenated oils are the number one cause of heart disease and a major contributor to neurological disorders in the United States and around the world.
Hydrogenated oils are, simply put, poison in the human body, they accelerate the buildup of plaque in the arteries, and as a result they bring on heart disease far more quickly than would happen normally.
Hydrogenated oils are artificially processed oils that never appear in nature. They are created by food producers for the convenience of food producers – primarily to add shelf life and consistency to foods so that those foods not only taste great, but can sit on the shelf for months at a time without going bad.
A lot of people think they know that hydrogenated oils are bad for them and they think they avoid those oils by not eating fried foods or other more obvious items. But here is where most people are wrong. Hydrogenated oils are found in virtually every baked or fried and sometimes even frozen food product in the grocery store.
Consider this, in every grocery store there is one aisle that has all the snack crackers. You know, it has the vegetable crackers and the wheat crackers and even cookies. This entire aisle is so contaminated with hydrogenated oils that it should really be called the hydrogenated oil aisle.
There is virtually no food product in this entire aisle that does not contain hydrogenated oils. You have to go way down the aisle to the unpopular section (often it’s located near the kosher foods) to find crackers such as Wasa Crackers, which are made without hydrogenated oils and are baked, not fried (at least in the U.S.)
But practically everything else in that aisle contains hydrogenated oils. That means every snack chip, every cookie, every cracker, every pastry, and every baked good, whether it’s sweet or not is made with this dietary poison.
The thing is, most Americans are consuming massive quantities of hydrogenated oils without even really recognizing it! As a result, they are getting atherosclerosis, or a buildup of plaque in their arteries. And over time, of course, it leads to widespread cardiovascular disease. But more importantly it can lead to strokes, heart attacks, and the need for heart bypass surgery, which will set you back at least six figures if not more.
This is probably the single most important thing you can do to prevent the buildup of plaque in your arteries. Avoid eating any food product made with hydrogenated oils.
Despite all the advances in cardiology, Americans are still having heart attacks at the rate of more than one million each year!
Usually these are caused by a blockage (most often a blood clot) that dramatically diminishes blood flow to a section of the heart, sometimes cutting it off completely. Without blood and oxygen, heart tissue quickly dies. Without immediate medical intervention, sadly, some patients die.
While heart attacks can be fatal, modern medicine has developed effective tools that often save lives. People having a heart attack are currently treated with an immediate combination of clot-dissolving drug therapy, balloon angioplasty (to open the blocked artery) and stenting (to ensure the artery remains open).
It would seem obvious that if unblocking an artery saves the life of a person having a heart attack, doing so in individuals with clogged (or nearly clogged) arteries whose lives are not currently hanging in the balance should be helpful in preventing a heart attack (or having another one) right?
However an important new study finds otherwise, and the president of the American Heart Association has said he expects it will change the way doctors handle such cases in the future. Additionally, a recent article in The New York Times even went so far as to question if bypass surgeries were “poised for a comeback” especially for the most serious heart patients, for whom the less invasive stetting procedure turns out to be perhaps more dangerous in some.
What Causes Strokes?
What is Coronary Angioplasty?
Coronary angioplasty is a medical procedure in which a balloon is used to open a blockage in a coronary (heart) artery narrowed by atherosclerosis. This procedure improves blood flow to the heart.
Atherosclerosis is a condition in which a material called plaque builds up on the inner walls of the arteries. This can happen in any artery, including the coronary arteries. The coronary arteries carry oxygen-rich blood to your heart. When atherosclerosis affects the coronary arteries, the condition is called coronary artery disease (CAD).
Angioplasty is a common medical procedure. It may be used to:
1. Improve symptoms of CAD, such as angina and shortness of breath.
2. Reduce damage to the heart muscle from a heart attack.
3. Reduce the risk of death in some patients.
Angioplasty is done on more than 1 million people per year in the United States. Serious complications don’t occur often, but can happen no matter how careful your doctor is, or how well he or she does the procedure.
Research on angioplasty is ongoing to make it safer and more effective, to prevent treated arteries from closing again, and to make the procedure an option for more people.
If you’d like to say goodbye to Lipitor or any other medication for the rest of your life, stop living in fear of strokes and heart attacks, feel young, healthy, vibrant, active & confident all day every day, and enjoy your life to the fullest then this might be the most important information you’ll ever come across!
Here is why:
Fact : The National Registry of Myocardial Infarctions (New England Journal Med., 22Jul99) reports that women have a worse outcome than men after having a heart attack. Data showed that women under the age of 50 had twice the mortality of men after having a heart attack. Variances likely reflect increased severity of the disease in younger women.
Fact : There is a huge myth that has been perpetuated by the health care industry that pharmaceuticals are the answer to both our short and long term optimal health strategies. It is dead wrong, pharmaceutical related deaths or Death By Medicine from improperly prescribed drugs bas been reported to be the 3rd largest KILLER in the United States for the last 10 years!