I have been seeing a lot of talk concerning cardiovascular disease lately. Rightly so considering that cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer worldwide. In fact, a third of the world’s deaths are a result of heart disease and stroke. Here are some statistics on cardiovascular disease released by the American Heart Association.
- Heart Disease, Stroke and other Cardiovascular Diseases
• Cardiovascular disease, listed as the underlying cause of death, accounts for nearly 836,546 deaths in the US. That’s about 1 of every 3 deaths in the US.
• About 2,300 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of 1 death every 38 seconds.
• Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives each year than all forms of cancer and Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease combined.
• About 92.1 million American adults are living with some form of cardiovascular disease or the after-effects of stroke. Direct and indirect costs of total cardiovascular diseases and stroke are estimated to total more than $329.7 billion; that includes both health expenditures and lost productivity.
• Nearly half of all NH black adults have some form of cardiovascular disease, 47.7 percent of females and 46.0 percent of males.
• Coronary Heart Disease is the leading cause (43.8 percent) of deaths attributable to
cardiovascular disease in the US, followed by Stroke (16.8 percent), Heart Failure (9.0 percent), High Blood Pressure (9.4 percent), diseases of the arteries (3.1 percent), and other cardiovascular diseases (17.9 percent).
• Heart disease accounts for 1 in 7 deaths in the US.
- Cardiovascular disease is the leading global cause of death, accounting for more than 17.9 million deaths per year in 2015, a number that is expected to grow to more than 23.6 million by 2030.
• CVD and stroke accounted for 14% of total health expenditures in 2013-2014. This is more than any major diagnostic group.
• Total direct medical costs of CVD are projected to increase to $749 billion in 2035.
• Heart Disease (including Coronary Heart Disease, Hypertension, and Stroke) remains the No. 1 cause of death in the US.
• Coronary heart disease accounts for 1 in 7 deaths in the US, killing over 366,800 people a year.
• The overall prevalence for MI in the US is about 7.9 million, or 3 percent, in US adults.
• In 2015, heart attacks claimed 114,023 lives in the US
• The estimated annual incidence of heart attack in the US is 720,000 new attacks and 335,000 recurrent attacks. Average age at the first heart attack is 65.6 years for males and 72.0 years for females.
• Approximately every 40 seconds, an American will have a heart attack.
• From 2005 to 2015, the annual death rate attributable to coronary heart disease declined 34.4 percent and the actual number of deaths declined 17.7% – but the burden and risk factors remain alarmingly high.
• The estimated direct and indirect cost of heart disease in 2013 to 2014 (average annual) was $204.8 billion.
• Heart attacks ($12.1 billion) and Coronary Heart Disease ($9.0 billion) were 2 of the 10 most expensive conditions treated in US hospitals in 2013.
• Between 2013 and 2030, medical costs of Coronary Heart Disease are projected to increase by about 100 percent.
As you can see, cardiovascular and heart disease is a major issue. What’s a bigger issue is how doctors are treating these issues. A six year research study has linked ACE inhibitors and ARB inhibitors to lung and breast cancer. These medications are used to treat high blood pressure. Most doctors will prescribe a diuretic initially to treat high blood pressure. Though most doctors deem diuretics to be harmless, many people are reporting that physicians are not educating their patients to the dietary adjustments that must be made when taking diuretics. You are to eat a low sodium diet and eat foods such as spinach, kale, turnip and collard greens, bananas, sweet potatoes, and lentils to help replace minerals that the diuretic pulls from out of you. Notice these foods are plant based and that will be important going forward.
High blood pressure is the prelude that leads to cardiovascular and heart disease. It’s important to note that high blood pressure is high blood pressure. Don’t get caught up in terms such as “high normal” and “high”. If your blood pressure is 136/88, then it’s considered “high normal” because it’s below 140/90. However, people that fall into this “high normal category” have five times the risk of a stroke as a person with a blood pressure of 110/70. According to research, one-third of the people who die from heart attacks, strokes, and congestive heart failure have blood pressures that are below 140/90. So again, definitions such as “normal”, “high normal” have the ability to give patients a false sense of security that could cost them their life.
Most doctors feel that as a soon as a diagnosis of “high blood pressure” has been made, prescription medicine is the treatment of choice. Multiple studies show that medications have been shown to be ineffective in treating high blood pressure. In fact, according to Dr. Doug Lisle and other researchers, there is no clear evidence that suggest prescription drugs reduce the risk of death in patients with “mild” high blood pressure, which is the majority of diagnosed patients. According to one of the largest clinical trials performed by the British Medical Research Council, the scientists found that drug treatments for mild hypertension MAY be effective at lowering blood pressure, but they were not effective in reducing overall mortality. Simply put, hypertension patients died at the same rate regardless of if they took the medications or not.
What we are seeing is another example of the medical industry trying to alleviate the symptoms of the disease instead of treating the root cause. Not only are these medications linked to cancer and being deemed as ineffective, they also have several typical side effects such as fatigue, gastric irritation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, impotence, depression, and shockingly, congestive heart failure. Most doctors are ignorant to this information, and most do not care. As you saw in the statistics earlier, big money is in the high blood pressure and cardiovascular world.
There is a plethora of articles and quantitative research going back to the 1920’s that show high blood pressure and heart disease can be reversed by a plant based diet, and it’s the only way that’s been scientifically proven to reverse these conditions. In a study conducted by Dr. John McDougall and his colleagues, he treated his patients with a low sodium, plant based diet with moderate exercise that resulted in an average blood pressure reduction of 17/13 in eleven days! This is huge in comparison because high blood pressure medications only reduce blood pressure levels 12/6 on average throughout the course of a person’s lifetime. Furthermore, over a 12 year span, 174 patients diagnosed with mild to severe high blood pressure were placed on a water-only fast for an avearge of 10.6 days. This was followed by a supervised, one week feeding period with whole, natural plant based foods. All patients in the study were able to be taken off the medications regardless of the severity of their initial condition. In fact, the the more serious the case, the greater the results. For people whose blood pressure readings are 174/93 or greater, the average reduction was 46/15! I could go on with how effective plant based eating and fasting can reverse high blood pressure. But don’t take it from me. Follow this link and examine some of the research that I discovered https://foodrevolution.org/blog/lower-blood-pressure-natural/?utm_source=sms&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=high_bp.
I also found an article titled From Hospice to Healthy: How a Plant-Based Diet Saved Mom’s Life and Inspired a Business on https://nutritionstudies.org. The article was about a woman named “Millie” that was diagnosed with late state congestive heart failure. She also had kidney infections, lung issues, and was too weak for surgeries. Her doctor told her family to place her in hospice care and “make her comfortable”. Her son came across research from Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. The research suggests the idea that a whole food, plant-based diet could prevent and possibly reverse heart disease. The question is could it reverse the disease in an 80-year old that was knocking on death’s door?
The son moved his mother into his home and he started with smoothies and vegetable soups because she was too weak for anything else. They gradually replaced meat, cheese, and dairy products with fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes. The improvements of her health began almost immediately. The doctor had initially given her a few months to live. She is now 86, swims four times a week, drives, and lives a full life. The son was also able to reverse his chronic fatigue and macular degeneration with a plant-based diet. It’s just another testimony of how effective plant-based eating is in improving our health.
2019 is around the corner and we will be making New Year’s resolutions. If you are considering changing your eating habits, then please consider gradually becoming a plant-based eater. Plant-based eating was here before that keto garbage and will be here after that keto garbage. Please support my efforts and head over to https://teespring.com/stores/plant-based-poppin and get you some gear. Until the next post: #EAT TO LIVE!