Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Risk Reduction of Ninety Percent for Heat Attacks

This is good news in that we are informed what the key factors are that demand attention and their real strength statistically. It is great guidance that assists every trainer in shaping programs. Of course, we all sort of knew this, but the scope was never properly quantified and this yanks it out of the nether world of general opinion.

The bottom line is that addressing these issues successfully and that is obviously the rub, one reduces ones general risk by 90%. By the way, the shortest straight line to success is to go vegan with almost no wheat. It is a tough trick for most folks, but use that as the gold standard and try to get close to it.

We all must make choices, and I am quite aware that many people are simply not properly wired to succeed. Try though to overcome and find a way to reinforce your commitments daily.

Risk factors for myocardial infarction or heart attack 09/16/2012 17:32:00

By David Liu, PHD

Sunday Sept 16, 2012 ( -- There are only a few things a person should do or not do to eliminate his or her odds to suffer an acute heart attack or acute myocardial infarction by up to 90 percent, according to a study in the Lancet.

Salim Yusuf DPhil and colleagues conducted the study and found smoking, hypertension, diabetes, abdominal obesity, psychosocial factors were associated with increased risk of myocardial infarction while daily consumption of fruit and vegetables, regularly alcohol consumption and physical activity were correlated with reduced risk.

After analysing data from 15152 cases of acute myocardial infarction and 14820 controls from 52 countries who were enrolled in the INTERHEART Study, the researchers found current smokers compared with never smokers were associated  with 187 percent increased risk, history of hypertension with 91 percent increased risk, diabetes with 137 percent increased risk, psychosocial factors with 167 percent increased risk, and abdominal obesity with 12 percent increased risk for myocardial infarction.

[What is noteworthy here is that the increased risk associated with belly fat alone is quite modest as compared to the four other drivers that easily doubled risk each. At the same time alcohol consumption alone was also a modest improver of risk while veggies and exercise a strong improver of risk factors. This does not mean that one should ignore booze and gut fat – in fact paying attention merely means that you are certainly taking care of the other factors anyway.]

On the other hand, they found  daily consumption of fruit and vegetables, regular alcohol consumption and regular physical activity were associated with 30 percent, 9 percent and 14 percent reduced risk for myocardial infarction, respectively. 

These associations were observed in men and women regardless of age and region. Together, these nine risk factors accounted for 90% of the population attributable risks  in men and 94% in women.

Another recent study led by Claes Held of Uppsala Clinical Research Center, Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden and colleagues showed leisure time physical activity and mild-to-moderate occupational physical activity, but not heavy physical labor were associated with reduced risk for myocardial infarction whereas owning a car and TV was associated with an increased risk, compared to those who did not own either.

Researchers reported in European Heart Journal that light physical activity and moderate physical activity were linked to 22 percent and 11 percent reduction, respectively in the risk of myocardial infarction or heart attack.  Owning a TV and a car was linked to 27 percent increased in the risk.

Owning a car and a TV may mean that the owners were rich and they tended to have reduced physical activity or they tended to use more meat and dairy products than poor people.  Red meat consumption has been associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease in previous studies.

Myocardial infarction or heart attack is a major killer in the U.S. and the world.

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