Arterial Disease

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  • Atherosclerotic Arterial Disease

    Concern about arterial disease has high priority in the public perception of disease. Diseases of blood vessels are a major cause of premature disability and death. Heart attacks and strokes are the most devastating consequences of damaged arteries and increased clotting of blood. The main event is the rupture of an atherosclerotic plaque and the subsequent occlusion of an important artery by a blood clot. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the main cause of death in the industrialized world. More than 50% of men and almost 40% of women in the US will develop atherosclerotic CVD. The incidence of major events – heart attacks and strokes increases sharply after age 50. Smokers show signs of CVD sooner than nonsmokers and die 5 years earlier.

    Drugs used to manage arterial diseases are among the most profitable chemicals ever invented. The extraordinary growth in variety and profitability of drugs to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and manage heart attacks and strokes is unmatched in medicine. Big money is invested in marketing and vested interests compete to control the public perception of these diseases.

    Atherosclerotic arterial disease is a whole body disease, but tends to be managed by physicians and surgeons as a localized disease. Heart attacks are studied and treated by cardiologists who know that atherosclerosis is a disease caused by eating too much of the wrong foods and exercising too little, but they are primarily interested in prescribing drugs. They tend to ignore the advantages of changing disease-causing conditions and focus on treating the consequences. In all fairness to physicians, most of their patients will not follow good advice and do not alter their disease-causing lifestyle. Taking drugs is a default option for most preventable diseases.

    Cardiologists realize that medical interventions tend to occur late in the disease process, if at all. People in their 20s can have fatty tumors in their arteries, but may not show up for medical care until they are older than 50 years. The evidence does suggest that some interventions are beneficial in terms of preventing heart attacks and strokes and that disease progression can be halted by important changes in diet and increased exercise. The occurrence of a heart attack or stroke confirms that atherosclerosis is advanced, damage has been done and that the rules of intervention have changed.

    In a discussion of the progression of atherosclerosis, Weintraub suggested: “I think it is important that we recognize that this process is not something that we were supposed to have to endure. We eat things that are wrong and our lipid levels are far higher than they were ever designed to be. As a consequence we are experiencing injuries that were never part of our biologic programming. We are not born with the ability to successfully handle the overload we place on our system, and this is why we develop heart failure after a heart attack -- because our normal, healthy, compensatory system is ill-suited for our bad behavior.”

    Most human problems can be solved by changing human behavior. This web-resource has been developed for the intelligent, well-motivated reader who is capable of lifestyle change. This is not to argue that constructive changes in diet and lifestyle are easy to achieve. It is to argue that if you understand the issues and pursue a healthy revision of your food choices, exercise more, and lose weight you can enjoy a healthier, longer life.

    The Alpha Nutrition Program can be recommended, along with Alpha DMX, exercise and relaxation as a rational strategy of preventing and managing cardiovascular disease. The program is designed to reduce sodium, cholesterol, total fat, saturated fats, while increasing calcium, potassium, folic acid, omega 3 fatty acids and vegetable fiber. These are all desirable measures in the effort to prevent blood vessel diseases, heart attacks and strokes.

    High Blood Pressure According to the Canadian Coalition for High Blood Pressure Prevention and Control, non-drug strategies should be the priority for hypertension control. Smoking cessation, low sodium, low fat diet, weight loss, exercise, reduced alcoholic beverage consumption, and increased calcium, magnesium and potassium intake are the important steps to avoid high blood pressure.

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