Heart Disease Starts Before a Heart Attack

New findings in the International Journal of Clinical Practice reveal the symptoms of cardiovascular disease prior to a heart attack go largely undiagnosed. Of the 1,573 heart patients surveyed, over 50% claimed their ailment was not identified until they started showing symptoms, such as chest pain and shortness of breath or an actual heart attack, with 22% saying they were diagnosed while being treated for something else; via Booster Shots.

Listen, heart disease doesn’t just happen. In fact, in Dr. Fuhrman’s book Disease-Proof Your Child, he explains precursors to cardiovascular, like high cholesterol, start in childhood and lead to heart disease in adulthood, but the problem is, young people don’t take heart health seriously.

In related news, a recent report found people with poor cardiovascular fitness have a 56% higher risk of heart attack and eating red meat is linked to a 27% higher risk of heart disease.

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The Healthy Librarian - May 27, 2009 8:44 AM

This post is absolutely correct. I never used to understand why a seemingly healthy person could one day suddenly have a heart attack.

Now I finally get it! We can have a heart attack or a silent stroke even if we think we don't have heart disease or atherosclerosis.

Your coronary artery has to be 70% occluded to have symptoms, like angina. If your arteries are even 10-69% blocked, and you're inflaming them with what you eat, you're at risk.

It's all about inflammation - Calm down the inflammation & you'll keep those atherosclerotic plaques safely stuck to your artery walls.

Tim Russert never had chest pain (angina). He was on all the right medicines. Statins & high blood pressure meds.

Even if he had had an angioplasty or bypass surgery that wouldn't have arrested his disease. That's just a patch job.

It doesn't do anything to stop heart disease. You can't insert stents or bypasses in every blood vessel in your body.

As Disease-Proof always states, our health is in our hands, and what we eat, & how we live can make all the difference.

McBloggenstein - May 27, 2009 2:21 PM

I was recently introduced by a commenter on my blog to "the lipid hypothesis", and the idea that high fat and high cholesterol diets have no effect on heart disease and is merely a correlation. I had never heard of this before and found it facinating that some people believed this.

I am curious what Dr. Fuhrman would say to these people.

Gerry Pugliese - May 27, 2009 2:31 PM

Hey McBloggy-

That's low-carb wackiness. Flip through the diet myths category. That stuff has been beaten like a dead horse on here.


McBloggenstein - May 28, 2009 12:11 AM

Don't worry, I don't need convincing... I've read all of those posts :)

I just wonder why these skeptics think they have a leg to stand on. I was just thinking it would be entertaining to see a person like Fuhrman put them in their place.

joy - May 28, 2009 1:41 AM

Thanks for mentioning the diet myths archives. I started reading and can't believe the wealth of information there. I've spent the better part of the day educating myself, and I've barely scratched the surface.

john polifronio - May 28, 2009 3:32 AM

What nonsense. Heart disease was generally ignored by the medical institutions. How can young people take heart disease seriously, if they haven't the faintest idea that such a thing exists? If an individual shows evidence of impending cardiovascular disease, it should give rise not simply to calmly expressed concern by a doctor here or a nurse there. It should be a routine, that when such evidence arises, it should be treated for what it is. The patient, young or older, should be made to be alarmed by medical professionals that make a huge fuss about it. No person with potential heart disease problems, once revealed, should be able to leave a medical instituion with anything less than a sense of impending doom, since, in fact, that's usually what the person faces.

Michael - May 28, 2009 11:41 AM

I'm amazed by the nonchalance some people express towards heart disease. A friend of mine is diabetic and when I expressed concern about heart disease because many people in my family have it and two (my father and his brother) have had quadruple bypasses he said there wasn't a concern because while heart surgery was new just a few decades ago, now it is just a "routine" surgery. I explained to him about how 25% of the people who experience their first heart attack dies and while bypass surgery is "routine", it is still a major surgery that unless you've seen someone go through, it apparently doesn't register how serious it is. Seeing my Uncle hug a pillow every time he coughed because the stitches in his ribs and chest would likely rip and my father nearly pass out after climbing 1 flight of stairs was a huge wakeup call for me. I wish everyone could see what people go through with advanced heart disease. It might shake more people up to make changes before any serious symptoms occur.

Steve - May 28, 2009 12:47 PM

Hi Gerry

And on the 'Livestrong' website today, a review of the latest and greatest new stent. Yeesh!

I'm a fan of Lance Armstrong, but the advice on Livestrong is kinda third rate, recently I saw puff pieces on the other white meat (pork), and most nutrition articles there seem to plug dairy.

Cheers, Steve

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