My mother passed from heart disease at 72. Interesting question DIdI and responses. Very informative.
I love the graphics in "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease". Sometimes a picture says it all:)
I enjoyed this too:
However, it is not the old, larger plaques that put you most at risk for heart attacks. The most recent scientific evidence indicates that most heart attacks occur when younger and smaller fatty plaques rupture their outer lining, or cap, and bleed into the coronary artery.
As the plaque is formed, a fibrous cap develops at its roof, which is covered by a single layer of endothelium about as thick as a cobweb. For a while, thus protected, plaques lie quietly in place, doing little perceptible harm to the artery’s owner. But an insidious process is nonetheless under way. The white blood cells that raced to the rescue, now engorged with oxidized LDL cholesterol, are called “foam cells,” and begin to manufacture chemical substances that erode the cap of the plaque. The cap weakens to the thickness of a cobweb. And eventually, the shearing force of blood flowing over the weakened cap may cause it to rupture.
This is catastrophic. Plaque content or pus now oozes into the flowing bloodstream, and that constitutes a thrombogenic event: nature wants to heal the rupture, and so platelets are activated. They try mightily to stop the invading garbage by clotting the rupture. Thus begins a lethal cascade. The clot is self-propagating, and within minutes, the entire artery may become blocked.
With no more blood flowing through the blocked artery, the heart muscle that was nourished by it begins to die. This is the definition of myocardial infarction, or heart attack. If the person survives this attack, the dead portion of heart muscle scars. Multiple heart attacks and widespread scarring weaken the heart, sometimes causing it to fail. That condition is known as congestive heart failure. If the heart attack is extensive, if it results in an abnormal rhythmical contraction, or if the congestive heart failure is prolonged, the person may die.
If the same process of plaque formation occurs in a noncoronary artery, it can be just as dangerous. Whatever tissue the artery supplies-it could be the leg muscles or even the brain—will not receive its full measure of blood. What’s more, a piece of a plaque or a clot can break loose and be carried through the bloodstream, ultimately obstructing an artery far from its source.
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I have witnessed so many people who have suffered heart disease. Mahalo for clarifying the importance of a plant strong diet even more. It takes the FEAR (false evidence appearing real) out of it. Grateful for being starch centered.