Broken Hearts

A clip from The China Study, by T.Colin Campbell

‘…Put your hand on your chest and feel your heart beat.  Now put your hand where you can feel your pulse.  Your heart, creating that pulse’ is working for you every minute of the day, every day of the year, and every year of your entire life.  If you live an average lifetime, your heart will beat about 3 billion times.

Now take a moment to realize that during the time it took you to read the above paragraph an artery in the heart of roughly one American clogged up, cut off blood flow and started a rapid process of tissue and cell death.  This process is better known, of course, as a heart attack.  By the time you finish reading this page, four Americans will have fallen prey to stroke or heart failure.  Over the next 24 hours, 3000 Americans will have attacks, roughly the same number of people who perished 9/11, 2001.

The heart is the centerpiece of life and, more often than not in America, it is the centerpiece of death.  Malfunction of the heart and/or circulation system will kill 40% of Americans, more than those killed by any other ailment, including cancer.  This disease does not recognize gender or race boundaries; all are affected.  If you were to ask most women what disease poses the greatest risk to them, heart disease or breast cancer, many women would undoubtedly say breast cancer.  They would be wrong.  Women’s death rate from heart disease is eight times higher than their death rate from breast cancer.

If there is an “American” game, it is baseball; an “American” dessert, apple pie.  If there is an “American” disease, it is heart disease…’

To Be Continued..

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5 responses to “Broken Hearts

  1. petit4chocolatier

    Another need to know excellent post Heather! Women never really think about heart disease; but we should. I haven’t. There isn’t much awareness out there. We have our well visits for other parts of our bodies but not a well visit for our heart!

    • Thanks Judy, I agree. It wasn’t too long ago that if a woman went to a doctor complaining of chest pain or symptoms of the like, she would be told that she must be going through something emotional, or emotional stress. Women need to be aware of the unique symptoms related to possible heart attack in the female body that are different from what the male body experiences with a heart attack.

  2. Absolutely, without the heart working at its optimal capabilities then the other vital organs of our bodies will not receive the oxygen it needs. In some studies it is said that women sometimes do not feel the “typical” symptoms of a heart attack. This happened to my mother who after discussing her latest EKG with her cardiologist, found that her heart did have a mild heart attack. Like many other individuals, she probably mistaken this mild heart attack with reflux symptoms after a meal.

    • That is such a huge point. A woman’s symptoms of having a heart attack are typically much different than a man’s, and so often go mistaken. There is a great interview done by Rosie O’Donnell about this. She recently had a heart attack and it’s a miracle she’s still here. I highly recommend people watching it 🙂

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