Heart patients slow to make healthy choices

Heart patients slow to make healthy choices

Sadly many people do not change their diet or lifestyle habits even after a diagnosis of heart disease.

Could this be because most people think that heart disease is genetic or hereditary or by chance?  If only they knew that heart disease is almost always a diet and lifestyle related disease as these international heart experts confirm:

“We have A-level evidence; gold-standard evidence of the effect of diet on heart disease”
David Jacobs, PhD, “Primary prevention of cardiovascular disease” NEJM, Feb 2013.

“Despite having a high genetic risk for heart disease, a healthy lifestyle can turn off the gene.  A diet high in fruits and vegetables has the biggest positive impact and can change the genes” 
Dr. Sonia Anand, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, on research covering 27,000 people.

“An enlarged heart can eventually lead to heart failure and is associated with high blood pressure.  That condition is reversible.  If you control blood pressure, it will regress and normalize; you can undo that damage”
Professor of Medicine, William Kraus, Duke University 2012.

Koon Teo, PhD, of the Population Health Research Institute in Hamilton, Ontario, and colleagues, told MedPage Today that “Roughly one in seven patients globally do not adopt healthy lifestyle changes after suffering a stroke or developing coronary heart disease.  A multicountry epidemiology cohort of patients with coronary heart disease or stroke showed that 14.3% of patients worldwide did not alter smoking, engagement in physical activity, or healthy eating habits following disease incidence”

“Observational data has shown that patients who have experienced an acute coronary syndrome should adjust habits to fit a healthier lifestyle to reduce risks of recurrent disease.  Lifestyle modifications to reduce the risk of recurrent cardiovascular disease events are as essential as using proven secondary prevention medications”

Study by Teo K, et al “Prevalence of a healthy lifestyle among individuals with cardiovascular disease in high-, middle-, and -low-income countries” as published in the Journal of the American Medical Association 2013; 309: 1613-1621.  From the American Heart Association: Population Approaches to Improve Diet, Physical Activity and Smoking Habits, Improving CV Health at the Community Level, Heart Disease and Stroke 2013 Statistical Update.  The researchers studied smoking cessation, movement and healthy eating among 7,519 coronary heart disease or stroke incidence participants, as part of the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study.  As reported by MedPage Today on April 16, 2013.

Posted: Saturday 27 July 2013