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New Research Digest: Heart Disease
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Dear Valued Customer,

Time for the 3rd quarterly edition of our Research Digest series. This special research digest edition focuses on studies and stories about heart disease.

Heart disease is still the leading cause of death in the United States and Canada, affecting one in three people.

Cardiovascular disease is also a major global cause of disability.


Click to see high resolution heart disease death rate chart

» Worldwide

Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) kill more people than any other cause in the world. The death rate is approximately 1 in 3 from CVD.

More than 80% of heart disease occurrences are caused by lifestyle.

Roughly half of all deaths from stroke and heart disease are caused by elevated blood pressure. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that one in three adults worldwide, and almost half the adult population in some countries, have this condition.

» United States

According to the American Heart Association (AHA, 2011 report):

At least 1 in 3 American adults have

Over 2200 Americans die of CVD each day, an average of 1 death every 39 seconds.

More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined.

Nearly 33% of deaths due to CVD occur well before the average life expectancy.

The death rate from CVD (cardiovascular disease) has declined slightly in the past decades. However, disease rates are still high and risk factors due to lifestyle remain prevalent amongst nearly all populations.

Risky Business

One third of American adults have high blood pressure

Diabetes and prediabetes affect close to half the population

Roughly one in five Americans smokes cigarettes

About 15% of the US population has elevated cholesterol

View the full AHA report


Risk & Recourse

The AHA names these major risk factors: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes.

The WHO lists these major causes: tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, harmful use of alcohol.

Together, lifestyle factors account for 80% of CVD cases. This boils down fast:


Eating habits


Activity level


Smoking habits


Stress management


» Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle

Repeated study finds that lifestyle management can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease. In one large study of women, lifestyle reduced their risk by as much as 83%, when combining healthy factors.

This particular study measured smoking, alcohol consumption, exercise levels, BMI, and good nutrition.

Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics--2011 Update : A Report From the American Heart Association(page 24). Circulation. 2011;123:e18-e209; originally published online December 15, 2010.

Even with a higher genetic risk, good lifestyle choices reduce the risk of heart disease by about half. A new study found that “among men with a parental history of premature heart attack, those with a healthier lifestyle were less likely to develop heart failure over two decades.”

The good news is that a few lifestyle changes can reduce all of your risk factors.

* Attention to nutrition will reduce your weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

* Exercise helps maintain cardio fitness, plus alleviates stress and reduces blood pressure. Physical activity can reduce the risk of heart disease by as much as 15%.

* Don’t smoke.

* Make time to manage stress. You don’t have to meditate, if that isn’t your thing. Play with a pet, talk with friends, listen to music, or just sit quietly. Figure out what calms you and allow yourself the time.

These small changes make a big difference.

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‘Clot nets’
Using small nets to fish blood clots out from inside people's brains may be the future of stroke care, according to a pair of studies.

Kidney Numbing for Blood Pressure
A device approved in Europe deadens the nerves in the kidneys in order to help lower blood pressure. There is word that some doctors are impressed with this approach, which can help individuals with elevated blood pressure that does not respond well to medication.

Options for Blood Clotting
New medication options exist to manage blood clot risk. There are side effects to these medications, but the drugs provide useful alternatives (to warfarin and Coumadin) for certain patients. Talk to your doctor for more information.

New Blood Salvage Technology
Open-heart surgery results in a lot of wasted blood and therefore uses a lot of donor blood. A new technology designed to salvage surgical blood would recycle the patient’s own blood and improve transfusions, as well as reduce the deficit of donor supplied blood.

Apps & Gadgets

What is your target heart rate? Check it with this quick tool.

» Heart Disease Risk Questionnaire

Take a few minutes to evaluate your personal risk of heart disease. This free tool comes to you from the Siteman Cancer Center and will take less than 5 minutes.

» Touchless heart rate monitor

There are several iPhone apps to measure heart rate by placing a finger over the camera lens. New apps strive to measure just by observing your face. And they appear to be fairly accurate.

» Stethoscope attachment for smartphone

The StethoCloud app guides the user through the proper method for listening to a patient’s breathing when the “stethomic” attachment – a small microphone that plugs into the smartphone’s audio input. This app was created to help fight pneumonia, the world’s leading cause of death in children.



Nutrition is essential to help your heart stay healthy. Include lots of vegetables and whole grains, while minimizing oils and saturated fats. Try eating vegetarian meals at least once a week to broaden your heart-healthy horizons.

Protect your heart with the foods from this beautiful slideshow  

'Meaty' Black Bean Tacos with Corn Salsa. This recipe is low in saturated fat and high in fiber, plus it contains whole grains, vegetables, and lots of flavor.

Fish recipes typically have fewer calories and a healthier fat balance. Try this Mediterranean Baked Cod recipe from Ray & Terry’s own kitchen.

Meatless Monday is an excellent source of vegetarian recipes.



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Smoking Recovery

AnnouncementSmoking increases your chance of heart attack by 70%... But quitting smoking decreases your chances almost immediately!

20 minutes after quitting smoking, heart rate starts to decrease

Blood pressure drops to nearly normal in 2 hours

Within 24 hours, heart attack risk begins to decline


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TriviaWhich of these statements is most true?


LDL is ‘bad’ cholesterol, HDL is ‘good’ cholesterol


HDL is ‘bad’ cholesterol, LDL is ‘good’ cholesterol


All cholesterol is ‘bad’


All cholesterol is ‘good’

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