Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Last Heart Attack

Many people have heard the news that Bill Clinton is now a vegan. He made the decision to eliminate all meat and dairy from his diet after nearly suffering a fatal heart attack.  Now CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta investigates whether heart attacks can be eliminated completely with diet and lifestyle changes.  This program is definitely worth your time to watch (it's commercial-free once you get past the brief intro ad).  We have the knowledge today to make heart attacks a thing of the past. Think what this could mean for our health care system...let alone your own life.  Here's to your health!

A few important statistics from the Center for Disease Control
  • In 2006, 631,636 people died of heart disease. Heart disease caused 26% of deaths—more than one in every four—in the United States.
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2006 were women.
  • Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease.  In 2005, 445,687 people died from coronary heart disease.
  • Every year about 785,000 Americans have a first heart attack.  Another 470,000 who have already had one or more heart attacks have another attack.
  • In 2010, heart disease will cost the United States $316.4 billion.  This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.

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