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Thursday, July 3, 2008

A few words about heart disease

I came across this on another blog that I frequently get updates from (Corporate Fitness and Wellness Today). Following the tragic passing of Tim Russert and George Carlin, The Chaphill School of medicine at the University of North Carolina put this out in memory of George Carlin. Read on....

7 dirty words about heart disease
Diet – fat, sugar and foods high in cholesterol are known to contribute to heart disease; diabetes (also diet related) also damages the heart and blood vessels.

Genetics – African Americans, Hispanics, native Americans all have higher rates of high blood pressure and heart disease

Stress – working too much, dramatic personal lives, worrying, depression; also feeding stress with too much alcohol and other drugs (Carlin reportedly went through drug and alcohol rehab in 2004)

Smoking – constricts blood vessels and strains the heart and lungs

Inactivity – the heart is a muscle that needs to be exercised; even moderate activity is helpful, and losing 10 pounds can reduce your cardiac risk

High blood pressure – leads to undue stress on a variety of organs, including the heart; combined with other risk factors it increases the chance of a heart attack many times

Denial – saying “it won’t happen to me,” without changing your lifestyle, guarantees you won’t see a decrease in your risk

Courtesy of the Carolina Cardiovascular Biology Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

1 comment:

Jeffrey Dach MD said...

Tim Russert and George Carlin

Two beloved American celebrities have succumbed to heart disease before their time. The national response has been disappointment in a medical system that could allow this to happen. What could have been done differently to save the lives of both Tim and George, to avoid this fatal outcome?

To read more...Saving Tim Russert and George Carlin by Jeffrey Dach MD


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