What if I told you that there was a killer loose that is the number one cause of death globally: more people die annually at the “hands” of this killer than from any other cause. Would you want to stop this killer from his murderous rampage? Yes, of course you would. Would you do anything in your power to stop him? I hope so. What is this killer? It’s Cardio Vascular Disease (CVD).
What are cardiovascular diseases? Heart attacks and strokes are usually acute events and are mainly caused by a blockage that prevents blood from flowing to the heart or brain. The most common reason for this is a build-up of fatty deposits on the inner walls of the blood vessels that supply the heart or brain.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) an estimated 17.3 million people died from CVDs in 2008, representing 30% of all global deaths. Of these deaths, an estimated 7.3 million were due to coronary heart disease and 6.2 million were due to stroke. Low– and middle-income countries are disproportionally affected: over 80% of CVD deaths take place in low– and middle-income countries and occur almost equally in men and women. By 2030, almost 23.6 million people will die from CVDs, mainly from heart disease and stroke. These are projected to remain the single leading causes of death. Those are absolutely staggering statistics!
What are the risk factors for cardiovascular disease? The most important behavioural risk factors of heart disease and stroke are unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, tobacco and alcohol use. Behavioural risk factors are responsible for about 80% of coronary heart disease and cerebrovascular disease.
The effects of unhealthy diet and physical inactivity may show up in individuals as raised blood pressure, raised blood glucose, raised blood lipids, and overweight and obesity; these are called ‘intermediate risk factors’ or metabolic risk factors.
To end the murderous rampage of the world’s number one killer we have to make healthy lifestyle choices. Presently, there is absolutely an overwhelming amount of hard scientific evidence that 100% of all CVD’s can be both reversed and prevented! How do we do that? By quitting smoking, drinking and eating a plant strong, whole foods diet.
Watch “Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports: The Last Heart Attack” In this 40 minute long CNN documentary, Dr.Gupta investigates whether diet and the latest diagnostic tests are enough to prevent every heart attack. During the medical journey of discovery, Dr. Gupta talks to former President Bill Clinton, cutting edge medical doctors and puts his own heart under the microscope as he offers practical advice and hard science to shows how we could have…The Last Heart Attack.
It thrills me to no end that President Clinton is now a vegan! Veganism has gone mainstream, it’s not just for tree hugging hippies or “health nuts” anymore. If you’re really serious about heart attack proofing yourself, explore a plant strong whole foods vegan diet.