* One in 2.8 deaths in the U.S. was due to CVD in 2005. Some 2,400 Americans die of CVD each day, an average of one every 30 seconds. CVD claims about as many lives as cancer, lower respiratory diseases, accidents and diabetes combined. Idaho ranks in the top dozen states for the highest number of strokes. In 2002 statistics reveal two million babies were born with congenital heart defects.
* High blood pressure accounted for 73,600,000 people in 2005, and is two to three times more common in women taking birth control pills.
One hundred years ago CVD was practically non-existent. What's happening? For one thing, our diets are so nutritionally depleted that we don't have a chance at having a healthy heart. Here is some more statistics to support this:
The average consumption of whole grains is less than half serving/day, fruit 1.1 servings/day; vegetables 1.2 svgs/day; nuts, legumes and seeds 1-2 servings per week; processed meats 2.1-3.4 svgs/week; sugar sweetened beverages 12/week (and up to 23/week for teens); sweets and bakery deserts 6/day (up to 9 for teens). (All above stats are from Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics - 2009 Update, American Heart Association).
With the consumption of processed meats, sugar sweetened beverages and sweets ranking far above whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and legumes, is it any wonder we have CVD ?
Further that with processed foods such as microwavable dinners, fast foods, chips, and other forms of junky foods - why are we even surprised? Heart disease is a nutrition-based disease, any way you look at it. We have replaced healthy whole foods and vitamins with synthetic, nutrition-less fakes. We can't build a healthy heart with non-foods.
DR. HOLLY CARLING, CDAPress.com, Nov 3, 2010