Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in both men and women. Six hundred thousand people die of heart disease in the United States every year. That equals 1 in 4 deaths. Why is this? The prevalence of smoking has decreased to an all-time low since 1944 – at 20% of adults. We’ve been bombarded by low-fat/no-fat foods for at least the last 3 decades and that is the diet pushed by the American Heart Association. Three of the top 10 most prescribed drugs are designed to lower a person’s mortality from heart disease.
All of those facts lead me to these questions:
- Why are so many people dying of heart disease?
- Why does it remain the leading cause of death?
- Did thousands of people lie on the Gallup poll on smoking?
- Are hundreds of thousands of people ignoring the dietary guidelines?
- Do the drugs not work?
Think about what your heart does – from the 6th week of fetal development to the moment life ends – it beats. That muscle, about the size of your fist, will relax and contract over 3 billion times, pumping about 5 quarts of blood every minute. In that blood is all the oxygen and nutrition your body needs to survive and thrive and the waste that needs to be removed. That’s a lot of work; it makes sense why the heart is called the “King of the Body” in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Ponder those things during this month of February – American Heart Health Month.