For many people heart disease is a frightening prospect. The heart is the only muscle that never rests. If we break a bone, we immobilize it until it heals. If we sustain injuries, limiting activity to allow healing is a proper action. But when the heart is injured by lack of blood flow and oxygen the muscle cannot rest. As cells die and are replaced by scar tissue, the muscle must continuously pump blood and nutrients to vital organs. Yes, you can limit activity to reduce stress and reduce the work load, but if the heart stops, for that person, their world ends.
Sudden death occurs when – the heart stops without warning. About 50% of men and 66% of women who suffer a sudden death do not know they have heart disease placing them at risk. Sometimes the heart arteries are more than 90% blocked, yet the person has no recognized symptoms.
Many extensive medical research studies have clarified the risks for developing coronary artery disease. We know how to reduce those risks and what actions we can take to reduce the narrowing within the arteries that impedes blood flow. YOUR HEART is a guide to help you wade through the medical terminology, evaluations and treatments for heart problems, in particular, coronary artery disease. These are the arteries that run on the surface of the heart supplying the heart muscle. When they are blocked by waxy cholesterol lumps called plaques a heart attack occurs. Some women and men may have additional damage to smaller heart vessels and require special tests to identify and diagnose the problem called microvascular disease.
A goal with my new book is to help people understand how to recognize symptoms and combat artery disease before a crisis occurs. Working in Emergency Departments for so many years brought me in contact with many unfortunate people who could have taken action had they known what to do. Heart disease runs in families. Knowing your family history is just one piece of information that helps to sort out personal risks because many disease processes are inherited. If you learn the heart risks, you have an opportunity to make lifestyle changes to prevent and treat the disease early allowing you to live healthier.
Many people survive a heart attack; many do not. They don’t get a second chance. In fact, 50% of heart attack victims die before reaching medical help.
YOUR HEART provides useful basic anatomy and disease pathology information along with actions for people to take to take control and make a personal difference in their health and the health of their families. If weight reduction is part of your health needs, eating and exercise suggestions are included along with an innovative, healthy and effective way to lose weight.
The book is available as an Kindle e-book on Amazon at http://tinyurl.com/yourheartbook
Publication date in paperback is just a few days away. I will let you know when it is available.
The book is for all ages: women, men and kids. Five-year-old children who are overweight show signs of early heart disease. So, this information could save your life and the lives of those you love.
Betty Kuffel, MD