August 2014

Risks of Heart Attack or Stroke

What Are My Risks of Suffering From A Heart Attack or A Stroke?

We have approached this question in a number of different ways. The reason for this is because the exact risk factors are really unclear. Many studies have been done over the years by many different groups in many different institutions, in many different areas of the country on many different groups of people.

What is know has been synthesized from these studies, however, the same risk factors are not looked at in each of these studies. In fact, various factors are often left out of one or another study entirely so that only a limited number of factors are looked in any one of these studies. Yet in determining any one persons risk all of the factors must be considered together. If we do lot look at the alcohol intake of a specific individual, or we ignore their diet or lifestyle because we are concerned only with their heredity then what we look at means less. All risk factors must be considered in any specific individual to really make sense out of his or her risk. Unfortunately because of the way the medical system is set up is extremely difficult.


What Do We Know?

In a study performed by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute a group of men between 30 and 60 years of age (note, no women were involved in this study), the following was found:

  • The healthy men in this group had a only 2% risk of heart attack as long as they had normal blood pressure, normal blood cholesterol levels and did not smoke.
  • If one of these factors were abnormal, for example: if their cholesterol was elevated, or they had elevated blood  pressure or they smoked, their risk increased to 5%.
  • If two of these factors were abnormal, for example: if their cholesterol and blood pressure were elevated, or they  smoked and their blood pressure was abnormal or if their cholesterol was elevated and they smoked their risk increased to 10%.
  • If all three were abnormal and the individual failed to maintain healthy habits, their risk of heart attack increased to 20%.

    This tells us that healthy habits produce good results and reduce the risk of heart attack quite significantly. It should be clear that if you are smoking, have elevated blood pressure or blood cholesterol returning them to normal can significantly lower your risk of coronary artery disease.

    There are a number of other factors that must be considered as well. The factors involved with cardiovascular disease are generally listed as either "Controllable Factors" or "Uncontrollable Factors." The controllable factors are labeled so because they are believed by many to have a voluntary component to them. It is believed that the individual has control over them, whether they occur, and whether they can be reversed.


    Controllable Causes of Heart Disease and Stroke

    In the following pages we hope that you can obtain a comprehensive overview of the factors involved in the creation of heart disease and stroke. We will look at those causative factors that you can impact and in doing so significantly lower your risk of heart disease. We will look at heart disease in a new and revolutionary way not as a fixed problem decided for you by your genetics. Looking at it in this old way leaves us little or no real choice in the matter. Instead we suggest that we look at this issue as a nutritional deficiency syndrome. We treat it for them most part as a nutritional problem, we ask people to lower their intake of dietary fats and cholesterol. As a nutritional problem we can create a positive and effective program for prevention even for reversal of both risk of coronary heart disease and the risk of stroke. When we look at these problems as nutritional deficiency syndrome we now have a powerful tool to lower the risk of both coronary heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. When we deals with heart disease and stroke as problems which have some control over we will no longer have to think about simply reducing our risk of heart disease or stroke, but we can actually begin to do what is necessary to reverse existing atherosclerosis and eliminate the risk of heart attack and stroke entirely.


    Controllable Factors in Heart Disease and Stroke

  • Obesity
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Smoking
  • Diet (Cholesterol and Dietary Fats)
  • Blood Cholesterol Levels
  • Diabetes
  • Lifestyle 
  • Uncontrollable Risk Factors in Heart Disease and Stroke

       •  Age, Gender and Heredity 

    Go to Symptomatic Heart Disease