November 23, 2011

Virtually eliminate your risk of
sudden death from a heart attack

Did you know that the most common symptom for heart attacks is sudden death? That’s right. Most people never know what hit them. But you can virtually eliminate your risk of sudden cardiac death. And it’s easy to do.

While this study was on women (the long ongoing Nurses Health Study), I promise you that it applies to men.

Researchers conducted a prospective analysis of 81,722 U.S. women from June 1984 to June 2010. They based their analysis on four “low-risk factors.” These four included: not smoking, body mass index of less than 25, exercise duration of 30 minutes/day or longer, and top 40% of the alternate Mediterranean diet score. The latter emphasizes high intake of veggies, fruit, legumes, whole grains, fish, and modest alcohol.

The findings were stunning! Compared to women with 0 low-risk factors, just maintaining one low risk factor cuts your risk by 46%. If you adhere to two factors, you’ll successfully cut your risk by 59%. If you can make three, then you cut your risk by 67%. And if you adhere to all four, you cut your risk by 98%.

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The authors acknowledge that the portion of sudden cardiac death attributable to these easily modifiable risk factors was 81%. And among women without known heart disease, the percentage of the population at risk is 79%.

Imagine that. You can almost cut your risk to zero just by changing these four factors. The best treatment is PREVENTION!

I hope you have a great Thanksgiving tomorrow!

Ref: JAMA. 2011 Jul 6;306(1):62-9.

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