Lifestyle causes Heart Attacks and Strokes

if this is the case then taking a serious look at your lifestyle and making sensible changes to your diet and exercise should result in a more positive statement, “my lifestyle is preventing me from having a heart attack or stroke”.
I have been writing about heart disease now for almost 2 years and have been living with the disease since my own Myocardial Infarction or heart attack back in March 2004. If you haven’t read my story I would urge you to do so by clicking about me.
The more I listen to leading authorities about heart disease such as;
Dr Joe Prendergast
Prof. Dr Rainer Boger
Ron Williams (Pro-Athlete)
Dr William J. Keller
Dr S.Arunasalam
Mr S. Sultan
All of them proving that heart disease is a reversible lifestyle disease. The more I scorn our current medical system whereby GP’s are unashamedly writing prescriptions needlessly for cholesterol lowering drugs when they simply aren’t needed. The Scottish Daily Mail headlines on the 10th of November were screaming at me as I waited to board a flight at Edinburgh Airport.
£70m bill as GP’s dole out heart drugs we don’t need. and that’s just in Scotland.
Now before I carry on here it seems to me that hardly a week passes that one of the National Newspapers carries a story either slamming certain prescription drugs or hailing them as the ‘magic bullet’ that will make sure you live to be a hundred. In the 70’s and 80’s I would have loved to live to reach that milestone but with the current state of the world and a prediction that the global population will more than double from 7billion to 15billion (source UN, INED) would anyone want to live to a hundred in these troubled times which are set to become even tougher.
I’m sure the drug companies will be relishing in this news but I’m not here to slate them after all they are no different to any other big business their number one aim is profit. But everyone has the right to questions their ethics just as much as we did with the Tobacco Companies in the 90’s and now the Oil Companies are back in the news as yet another fuel duty in the UK is announced.
So let’s get back to what this post is really all about reducing your risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Do your own personal risk assessment now.

    • Are you overweight if yes then lose some. 10lbs is a dress size or waist size you will look better and feel better and will have taken a positive step in reducing your risk. If you need to lose more than 10lbs then just keep going but do it bite size chunks that will way you will maintain your motivation. If you want to know some tricks then I recommend The Four Hour Body – by Timothy Ferriss.
    • If you smoke quit, simple as that.
    • If you’re a couch potato again read the The Four Hour Body and learn what can be achieved with little effort and less time.
    • If you booze every day then try and quit for three days a week, give your liver a break and it will reward you.

There are a number of other risk factors that contribute to heart disease which I would like to make you aware of:

  • Hypertension or Blood Pressure should be 120/80 but ask to have your central blood pressure checked and your pulse wave velocity. Experts are now citing these two measures as a much more accurate assessment of your risk of cardio vascular disease peripheral artery disease and coronary artery disease. If your GP can’t arrange this drop me a line and I will tell you where to have this done. A two minute non invasive test can be arranged
  • Homo Cysteine-An Amino Acid produced in the lungs to help repair damaged tissue, if you produce too much it can contribute to heart disease
  • Inflammation
  • Stress
  • Sugar cut it out
  • Diet Drinks cut them out
  • Salt cut it down
  • Cholesterol get it checked
  • Familial Hypercholesterolemia F.H. are you in a small group that suffers from this? Get it checked
  • Drug Abuse, Smoking, Alcohol
  • Diet with High Fat Content (hard fats)
  • Poor Lifestyle, Lack of Exercise, Poor Sleep pattern

I will be carrying on this theme for a while to come until more people get the message and maybe even the politicians in Westminster and Washington will start to listen and take action.

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