The South Beach Heart Program: The 4-Step Plan that Can Save Your Life

╝ write easy reader The South Beach Heart Program: The 4-Step Plan that Can Save Your Life ▚ E-Pub Author Arthur Agatston △ ╝ write easy reader The South Beach Heart Program: The 4-Step Plan that Can Save Your Life ▚ E-Pub Author Arthur Agatston △ 1YOU DON T HAVE TO HAVE A HEART ATTACK Imagine a world in which heart attacks are rare and death from a premature heart attack is virtually unknown a thing of the past Imagine a world in which heart disease is detected so early and so accurately and treated so effectively that very few people will ever need to be subjected to invasive and expensive procedures such as angioplasty or coronary bypass surgery Imagine a world in which we can confidently look forward to healthy and productive lives free from the threat of heart attack and stroke.You may be thinking, Gee, my kids or grandchildren might be lucky enough to live in such a world, but this isn t going to happen in my lifetime If that s what you re thinking, you re wrong.The exciting news is that we now have the knowledge and ability to prevent the great majority of heart attacks and strokes We can save hundreds of thousands of lives each year maybe even yours I m not talking about what we will be able to do 10 years from now, or even 5 years from now I m talking about what we can do right now What s even remarkable is the fact that right now we have noninvasive no cutting, no pain, no recovery required diagnostic techniques that can identify people who are at high risk for developing coronary artery disease or CAD , so that they can be treated early We also have highly effective treatments, including medications and lifestyle changes, that can reverse damage to the heart s arteries without requiring patients to go under the knife These treatments are simple and inexpensive when compared to angioplasty or bypass surgery.I know this is true because I prescribe them every day in my medical practice Many of you may know me as the doctor who created the South Beach Diet, but I am an accidental diet doctor For nearly 30 years, I have been a cardiologist a specialist in disorders of the heart and for than 20 years, I ve been an associate professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Much of my medical career has been devoted to noninvasive cardiac imaging, the technology that allows us to get detailed pictures of the heart and coronary arteries from outside the body If you have ever had a heart scan either a computed tomography CT scan or an electron beam tomography EBT scan you were probably given a Calcium Score as part of your test results That measure of coronary calcium is often referred to as the Agatston Score, and the method for calcium screening is called the Agatston Method Both come from my early work with my colleague Warren Janowitz, MD, developing a method of imaging plaque clogged arteries that can be employed years before heart attack symptoms occur In fact, the diagnosis and prevention of heart disease has been my focus and passion throughout my professional life.A PASSION FOR PREVENTIONToday, an unbelievable 66.5 percent of Americans are either overweight or obese, and 40 percent of those over the age of 40 are prediabetic Nearly 21 million Americans actually have diabetes, and that number is growing daily What s , we are exporting our epidemics of obesity, prediabetes, and diabetes to the rest of the world at an alarming rate People who have these conditions, which are largely due to poor diet and lifestyle habits, are prime candidates for heart disease.I developed the South Beach Diet to help my patients lose weight, improve their blood chemistries, and avoid becoming diabetic It was a piece of the prevention puzzle and it worked Thanks to the worldwide success of my first book, I have been given the unique and wonderful opportunity to help change the way America eats And while I am thrilled that millions of people are following the South Beach Diet, I have an even ambitious agenda.My goal in writing The South Beach Heart Program is to speed the pace of the cardiac prevention revolution currently taking place in this country.I believe that one of the great failings in medical practice today is that cardiovascular disease is not diagnosed and treated in its earliest stages Every time I hear that someone has died of a sudden heart attack, I can t help but think that it shouldn t have happened A life could have been saved if the victim had just had the benefit of the latest diagnostic techniques and medical treatments.The South Beach Heart Program is based on these cutting edge tools, which are currently being used by prevention oriented cardiologists and internists around the country It shows you how to make the most of these advances, while improving your diet and lifestyle as well.HEART ATTACKS CAN BE PREVENTEDFrom the moment I graduated from medical school, I had a great interest in preventing heart disease, but I didn t know how That changed with the development of cholesterol lowering drugs, new noninvasive coronary screening methods, advanced blood testing, and a much accurate understanding of how heart attacks happen Although I had been practicing a form of what I like to call aggressive prevention for years, it wasn t until the late 1990s that I was able to take advantage of all these new strategies and implement the heart disease prevention program I use today.Now, thankfully, I am hard put to remember the last time I got a late night call from the emergency room telling me that a patient of mine had suffered a heart attack I don t have 40 , 50 , or 60 year olds in my practice suffering heart attacks or strokes And among people whom I ve treated over a period of time, I rarely find it necessary to refer them for invasive procedures such as angioplasty or bypass surgery I don t pick only heart healthy patients, either I treat primarily high risk men and women with multiple risk factors and often a family history of heart disease In fact, many of my patients have come to me after already suffering a heart attack at a young age If they follow my program, they don t go on to have another.As I ve said, this is not just my experience One of the best kept secrets in medicine today is that many doctors who practice aggressive prevention have essentially stopped seeing heart attacks and strokes among their patients When we meet at conferences and compare notes, it s common to hear I ve hardly had a heart attack in my practice this entire year and If hospitals had to rely on my referrals for surgery, they d have very quiet operating rooms We don t wait until our patients are crippled by chest pain or in the throes of a heart attack to act At that late stage, an invasive approach is usually essential Instead, we use the latest technology to identify people who are at high risk for a heart attack years before they experience any symptoms We educate our patients about the right diet and exercise And we prescribe cholesterol lowering drugs and other medications that are proven to help prevent heart attacks and strokes.We closely monitor our patients and our perseverance pays off They stay healthy, happy, and nearly always heart attack free Watching patients who had a parent or sibling die of heart disease before age 50 reach their sixties and often well beyond has brought me my greatest satisfaction as a physician There is usually nothing routine about saving lives Yet, in cardiology practices using aggressive prevention techniques, saving lives has become routine My program works because it is a synthesis of what I have learned over the years from so many leaders in cardiology research and practice, and I owe them a great debt of gratitude In the Foreword to this book, I have named those who have had the greatest influence on me.MILLIONS ARE MISSING OUTDespite all the advances and our proven success, I am frustrated that Americans aren t getting the preventive care enjoyed by my patients and the patients of other preventive physicians In fact, heart disease is by far the number one killer in the United States, accounting for 1 in 5 deaths annually And it s not just the stereotypical middle aged or older man who falls victim Heart disease is an equal opportunity killer approximately 500,000 women die of heart related ailments each year And women, take note If you have a heart attack, you are twice as likely as a man is to die from it I want you women readers to realize that what I say in this book is as relevant to you as it is to your husband, sons, father, and brothers.Most deaths from heart disease result from a condition known as atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, which occurs when artery walls are gradually filled by plaque, a toxic soup consisting mainly of cholesterol, inflammatory cells, and scar tissue But all plaque isn t created equal A heart attack occurs when a soft, cholesterol rich plaque bursts, resulting in the formation of a blood clot that blocks the flow of blood to the heart The mechanism of most strokes is similar, except that it occurs in the arteries in or leading to the brain Despite the fact that most heart attacks are preventable, there are about 865,000 new and recurrent heart attacks each year And notwithstanding what preventive cardiologists are seeing every day, the total number of invasive heart procedures is actually on the rise More than 1 million angioplasties are performed each year to open clogged arteries In addition, some 467,000 coronary bypass operations are performed annually in the United States.Patients are often told that having angioplasty or bypass surgery will prevent them from having a first or second heart attack In the majority of cases, this simply is not true While angioplasty which involves opening a blockage by inflating a balloon at the end of a catheter can be lifesaving when performed early in the course of a heart attack or when symptoms are severe, it is too often being done on patients with mild or no symptoms of heart disease In other words, this invasive procedure is being performed on people who are otherwise leading normal lives and for whom opening a chronically blocked artery will do nothing to prevent a future heart attack And while bypass surgery which reroutes bloodflow around blockages in the coronary arteries using veins and or arteries transplanted from other parts of the body can be lifesaving or life extending in certain people, too many patients are undergoing this very serious procedure even though it will neither prolong their lives nor make them feel better.WHY DO SO MANY DOCTORSPRACTICE INTERVENTION So the question is, if we preventive cardiologists are able to sharply reduce the incidence of heart attacks among our patients, and if we have virtually eliminated the need for invasive procedures such as cardiac surgery, why are hundreds of thousands of people still getting heart attacks, undergoing these procedures, and dying from heart disease What is it that we are doing that other doctors are not And importantly, why aren t they doing it The answers to these questions speak volumes about the current state of the practice of medicine.First and foremost, cardiologists who practice aggressive prevention understand that the real cause of a heart attack is different from what is commonly believed When I was in medical school in the 1970s, my classmates and I were taught what I call the plumbing model of heart disease We learned that a heart attack results from a blockage in a major coronary artery caused by a gradual buildup of plaque, in much the same way that a clogged kitchen sink results from a gradual buildup of sludge in a drainpipe The theory was that as an artery became and clogged with plaque, it would narrow to the point that bloodflow to the heart would be cut off.About 20 years ago, cardiac researchers began to poke holes in the plumbing model They had noticed that it was not the largest, so called obstructive plaques seen on angiograms that caused most heart attacks Instead, it was smaller plaques within the inner lining of the vessel walls These plaques are like little pimples, but instead of being filled with pus, they are filled with cholesterol When these cholesterol pimples pop, they cause tiny injuries to the vessel wall To begin to heal the injury, a blood clot forms, just as it does when your skin is cut If the clot is large enough to block an artery, blood does not get to the portion of the heart muscle supplied by that artery, and that part of the heart muscle dies This is a heart attack if enough heart muscle is compromised, the heart cannot function, and heart failure or death results But, as you will learn in Chapter 2, most of these plaque ruptures do not cause a heart attack or any symptoms at all.So, if a procedure to push back or bypass the blockages isn t the best treatment, what is How do we deal with these cholesterol filled soft plaques that can still grow, rupture, and cause heart muscle damage The answer is found in the program I offer in Part 2, which uses diet, exercise, and medications to literally heal the vessel walls and return them to their natural, healthy state In many ways, we are only as old as our blood vessels With the proper techniques, I have seen that we can actually make our blood vessels younger.I like to characterize the growing number of physicians using an aggressive prevention approach to heart disease as the healers, in contrast to the plumbers, who primarily use an interventional approach The science and the future belong to the healers, but far too many patients the great majority, in fact are being treated according to the plumbing model For example, it is estimated that only about 50 percent of high risk heart patients who would benefit from taking a potentially lifesaving statin drug to lower their cholesterol are being prescribed one and this is a conservative estimate The fact that people aren t being treated with the appropriate noninvasive medical therapies, whether that means a statin drug, a blood pressure medication, a heart healthy diet, an exercise program, or smoking cessation, helps explain our persistently high rates of angioplasty and bypass surgery This is costing us dearly from both a human and economic perspective.A pioneering cardiologist and the author of the international bestseller The South Beach Diet presents the truth about cardiac care in this country and offers his proven program for preventing heart attacks and strokes This year alone than 1 million men and women in this country will suffer a heart attack or stroke The shocking fact is that the majority of heart attacks and strokes can be prevented with the medical knowledge we already possess Yet this isn t happening Why Because doctors and hospitals are paid to treat disease with invasive techniques like angioplasty and bypass surgery than to prevent it In his most personal and passionate work yet, Dr Arthur Agatston champions a revolution in heart disease prevention that will enable people to stay out of the hospital and off the operating table In Part 1 of this compelling book, he tells you why seemingly healthy people can suddenly have a heart attack and why people with great cholesterol numbers can be walking time bombs He explains why belly fat can be an early warning sign of future heart disease and why a noninvasive heart scan can help predict your risk of heart attack In Part 2, he presents the South Beach Heart Program, his 4 step plan for detecting, preventing, and even reversing heart disease The 4 steps include Heart healthy eating, regular aerobic and core strengthening exercise, state of the art diagnostic testing, and the latest heart protective medications, as necessary Thanks to his aggressive prevention approach, Dr Agatston rarely sees a heart attack or stroke in his practice Now you can benefit from the prevention strategy he uses to help his patients every day. 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    • Arthur Agatston
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    • 14 May 2016

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