Coronary heart disease an illness in which your lifestyle and position in life play a major role accounted for more than 7 million deaths worldwide. It was responsible for about one third of all deaths in industrialized countries. In spite of some improvement, it is still the leading cause of death and disability in the United States .
As I have mentioned, heart disease is now increasing in developing countries as their populations age and people adopt the unhealthy habits of the affluent West. Look to your children: they may appear healthy enough, but the insidious process of heart disease may already have begun.
Atherosclerosis the narrowing of the coronary arteries due to fatty deposits can start early in life. Its initial stages often occur in children and young people, and it tends to progress silently and without symptoms, until illness strikes.
Yet, while the disease maybe creeping up on people unawares, health experts are now well acquainted with the how and why. Years of research have made it abundantly clear that it is our dangerous lifestyles and unhealthy diets and habits, beginning in early childhood, that lead us slowly and relentlessly to that moment of devastation.
A heart attack is an earth-shattering, sometimes fatal shock to your system the body’s alarm signal, which cannot be ignored. A deadly band of villains conspire to bring about this menace. I think that after reading this book you will recognize them: high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, dietary habits (particularly excessive intake of saturated fat), elevated blood cholesterol and homocysteine levels, lack of physical activity obesity and diabetes.
And lurking in the background are the genetic factors that interact with your environment to bring about added risk. Nevertheless, you can fight back! Even after heart disease strikes, there is plenty of hope through the use of HQ medicine and the HQ approach to restoring wellness.
Of course, I understand that it is hard to think clearly in the midst of the anguish of diagnosis and the realization that you are facing this life threatening disease. It probably doesn’t even register when your physician first tells you what is happening in your body.
There are various stages of the disease, and it is important to find out which one you are in. Medical treatment varies, depending on the severity of the disease, from a simple prescription of aspirin or other “clot buster” drugs to surgery.
Angioplasty, which opens up the blocked artery with a balloon distention, and bypass heart surgery are becoming common procedures. That’s only the beginning. There is a whole distinct dimension of health care for people recovering from heart attacks or heart surgery.
It involves a combination of exercise, health education and counselling, and it can be set up in any community, however small. You don’t have to live in a big city to recover well. The goal is to enable you to return to a useful and personally satisfying role in society.