World Heart Day – Part 2

Hello World

Today is World Heart Day – 29 September 2019

Part 1 is well worth reading on this website

https://simplelivingglobal.com/world-heart-day-part-1/

The following is from the official website for World Heart Day

World Heart Day Gives People the Power to Be Heart Healthy

Founded in 2000, World Heart Day is an initiative by the World Heart Federation.
It is the world’s biggest platform for raising awareness about Cardiovascular Disease (CVD), including heart disease and stroke.

On and around 29 September, 1000s of activities and events will be organised around the world to spread the word about how we can combat premature mortality caused by Cardiovascular Disease, the world’s number one killer.

This year on World Heart Day, as part of our mission to ensure heart health equity for all…we are asking people all around the world to be Heart Heroes, by making a heart promise to someone they love or care about. A promise to eat more healthily, to get more active, to say no to smoking.

A simple promise…for MY HEART, for YOUR HEART, for ALL OUR HEARTS

2019 World Heart Day Theme – My Heart, Your Heart

This was the same theme in 2018

Cardiovascular Disease is the world’s number one killer today

But it doesn’t need to be this way

By making just a few small changes to our lives, we can reduce our risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as improving our quality of life and setting a good example for the next generation. It’s about saying to yourself, the people you care about and individuals all around the world:

What can I do right now to look after my heart…and your heart? (1)

Hello

Will any mission work if our intent is to actually fight something?

Is combat the real answer we need as a race of beings or is there Another Way to address this number one killer in our world today?

Are these motivational words going to make real lasting changes to us as individuals who are comfortable with life as it is, regardless of the Health3 consequences we face?

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We have the same theme as last year – is this a sign nothing has changed or have things got worse when it comes to Cardiovascular Disease?

WHY do these World Days not seem to have the knock on effect that we need – in other words making the changes that actually last?

For example – WHY are we not able to keep the promise to eat more healthily or be more active or stop Smoking1?

Is it that Simple or are we struggling because there is more for us to address underneath the surface?

Are our good intentions failing us in some way as our daily movements, which are our behaviours are so entrenched that being a Heart Hero is not possible if we are to be Honest?

Do we want change but don’t know where to start?

For example – is saying no to smoking that easy and if it was how come we have a global Tobacco1 epidemic.

Is real education the answer so that we get a deeper understanding and get to the root cause of why we have any ill behaviour in the first place?

Is this where Simple Living Global are leading the way by presenting forensic articles which in fact are books saying to all of us –

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Time to wake up world, we have a problem, read the stats and the facts and now answer all the questions and see what comes up. The only requirement is that we make sure we start with a big dose of Honesty.

So what makes this website different or unique or whatever name we want to give it?

Could it be possible that the author and those who support the holding of this platform, live in a way that is deeply responsible?

In other words, they walk the talk and talk the walk.

What this means is they are sharing only what they live and nothing more and nothing less.

How they move and the choices they make are by no way perfect but what they do have is a consistency in daily life that ensures it is not about I, me and myself trying to get ahead at the expense of others.

Instead sharing by way of presentation through the skills they have that there is Another Way to live and how they know that is because they choose to live this other way, which goes against the norm of what the masses are subscribing to like unhealthy eating.

So could it be possible that if we live what we present and then share it by writing then another can feel that vibration?

In other words, it is a quality they are feeling and are more likely to listen, take note or pay attention as they are not empty words written by someone who may be saying one thing but not truly living what their words are spelling out to us.

Is this making sense?

Can a website like this offer another the inspiration needed to adjust and make lifestyle changes to reduce our current Cardiovascular Disease statistics?

Is it possible if those presenting like the author of this blog and website have no signs of Cardiovascular Disease on their radar because of how they are living, then we get to feel that on some level in the form of a vibration?

That means whilst we cannot see something tangible, what they express is felt within us because it resonates, as we know deep down that this person is clear of the dis-ease we call Cardiovascular.

Does this make sense?

Cardiovascular Disease
17.9 million deaths each year

85% of these due to Heart Disease and Stroke

23 million deaths predicted by 2030

Along with other non-communicable diseases, Cardiovascular Disease contributes to poverty, particularly in low and middle income countries, due to massive health spending and out of pocket expenditure.

Consequently, Cardiovascular Disease places a heavy burden on the economies of low and middle income countries.

Small lifestyle changes can make a powerful difference to our heart health: 30 minutes of activity a day, giving up smoking2 and eating a healthy diet can help prevent heart disease and stroke.

By sharing knowledge, recommendations and strategies, we can inspire each other to become more heart healthy.

Everyone Has the Right to Heart Health

Looking after our heart means taking small but meaningful action: eating a balanced diet, undertaking regular exercise, reducing alcohol intake, quitting smoking3…all the things that make us not only healthier but also able to enjoy our life to the fullest. (1)

Cardiovascular Disease is the leading cause of Death and Disability in the world today

33% of all deaths because of Cardiovascular Disease (1)

Heart Disease and Stroke
One third of all deaths in Women
(2)

Dear World

Can we really afford to skip this section and just see it as some numbers in red, highlighted to make a point or is there more here for us to consider?

To keep it super Simple, our Heart – that muscle that is unique and like no other in our human body is trying to convey something to us and we seem to be ignoring it.

What is our heart telling us?

What is our heart communicating to us about how we are choosing to live?

Are we ignoring it from the start and not living in sync with what it is saying or is it something else?

What happens if we keep asking Questions – will that help?

WHY is Cardiovascular Dis-ease in our body killing us or dis-abling us more than any other illness?

How do we make our heart healthy and continue with the maintenance needed for optimum health?

Who are the leaders who are running the show when it comes to heart health?

Can we track their lifestyles before we jump on the bandwagon?

Can we start with Honesty and look at how we are living that may possibly be contributing to our ill heart health?

If there is a dis-ease in our body – how did it get there and what are we responsible for?

Are we quick off the mark to Blame this, that and the other or are we going to take a deep Stop moment and really reflect on our behaviour, our movements that led to the point where we are at right now that may have contributed to our heart saying “Enough, you have to be stopped, your wayward way of living is off track. Time to re-set”

Possible?

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We have a real 911 in our world if one third of all deaths are because of Cardiovascular Disease.

Would it be a wise move on behalf of humanity to change direction with all our research scientists and get them working together until they come up with the root cause of Cardiovascular Disease and once we nail it, we get them working on Diabetes and then Cancer and so on, until every illness and disease has the root cause established?

Could that be the answer that would knock out the statistics from escalating any further?

Could this be the way to turn the tides once and for all?

As a race of beings we seem to get excited about new discoveries in outer space and finding ways to travel to the moon and mars but what if we just use our expertise, know how and resources to get this planet sorted, starting with our number one killer – Heart Disease?

We are being asked on World Heart Day to share our knowledge, recommendations and strategies so that we can inspire each other to become more heart healthy.

Can this website help with the volumes of knowledge it has delivered consistently thus far?

Are the answers to become more heart healthy all over this website like a thread weaving through each blog?

Simple Living Global is saying let’s educate humanity and make things real and easy for people to access.

Simple Living Global are big into sharing about health and wellbeing by saying – there is Another Way.

Simple Living Global are building a library of information and presenting a question style commentary for us all to consider by saying – there is Another Way.

Simple Living Global are offering Real education which is simple and accessible to all, giving the facts and the stats.

On that note –
Here are some facts on Cardiovascular Disease

What is Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular Disease is a general term for conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels.

It’s usually associated with a build-up of fatty deposits inside the arteries (atherosclerosis) and an increased risk of blood clots. 

It can also be associated with damage to arteries in organs such as the brain, heart, kidneys and eyes.

It can often largely be prevented by leading a healthy lifestyle. (3)

Hello

Before we go any further

Cardiovascular Disease can largely be prevented by leading a healthy lifestyle.

So if it is that Simple – how come we are not doing it?

How come we are not sticking to a healthy lifestyle?

How come we are struggling to know what that means?

Who defines what healthy lifestyle actually really is?
Who is it we are seeking to help us with our heart?
Who is the lead kingpin on the topic of heart health?
Who is running the show when it comes to our heart?

When we talk about leading a healthy lifestyle – what pictures come into our head and are they achievable?

Do we find what we want and call that healthy, as it suits us in some way?

Do we have convenient and comfortable truths that we call healthy but we know they are way off the mark?

Do we want the healthy lifestyle but have no intention of making responsible choices that support our body?

Do we want our cake and eat it, pun intended but at the same time want the healthy lifestyle that gives us no illness and disease?

Do we find ourselves comparing with others and checking what they have in the healthy lifestyle department?

Do we have any clue what it means to be truly healthy?

Do we know how to take responsibility for our lifestyle choices and be accountable when things go wrong?

Are we aware that we literally do what we want and ignore the human body because the health system is there at the end of the road to look after us?

Are we pretending that healthy is all the things we want it to be and we always find what we are seeking?

Example – we find a Diet that is called healthy and it comes with the added comfort we are seeking like Alcohol in the desserts and all the foods we still want to eat, so we don’t really have to change anything.

Back to more facts…

Types of Cardiovascular Disease

There are many different types of Cardiovascular Disease

Here are four of the main types –

1) Coronary Heart Disease

Coronary heart disease occurs when the flow of oxygen rich blood to the heart muscle is blocked or reduced.

This puts an increased strain on the heart and can lead to:

  • Angina 
chest pain caused by restricted blood flow to the heart muscle
  • Heart Attacks  
where the blood flow to the heart muscle is suddenly blocked
  • Heart Failure
where the heart is unable to pump blood around the body properly (3)

Symptoms of a Heart Attack include:

  • pain or discomfort in the centre of the chest
  • pain or discomfort in the arms, the left shoulder, elbows, jaw or back
  • difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath
  • feeling sick or vomiting
  • feeling light-headed or faint
  • breaking into a cold sweat
  • becoming pale

Women are more likely to have shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting and back or jaw pain. (3)

Sudden Cardiac Death

Also known as Cardiac Arrest – the result of electrical problems that cause heart to stop beating.

A sudden, unexpected loss of heart function results in an equally sudden loss of breathing and consciousness. One cause of a sudden cardiac arrest is a heart attack.

42.4%

No prior knowledge of coronary artery disease, died of cardiac arrest

Showed signs of having prior silent heart attack
 
Autopsies had scarring of the heart consistent with silent heart attack (5)
Recent Study (Vähätalo, Huikuri, Holmström et al; 2019)

 

2) Strokes and TIAs

A stroke is where the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off, which can cause brain damage and possible death.

A transient ischaemic attack (also called a TIA or “mini stroke”) is similar, but the blood flow to the brain is only temporarily disrupted.

The main symptoms of a stroke or TIA can be remembered with the word FAST, which stands for:

Face

the face may have dropped on one side, the person may be unable to smile or their mouth or  eye may have dropped

Arms     the person may not be able to lift both arms and keep them there because of arm weakness      or  numbness in one arm
Speech   their speech may be slurred or garbled, or they may not be able to talk at all
Time       time to dial 999 / 911 emergency immediately if you see these signs or symptoms (3)

 

The following 4 points are from the World Health Organization

  • Heart attacks and strokes are usually acute events and are mainly caused by a blockage that prevents blood from flowing to the heart or brain.
  • The most common reason for this is a build-up of fatty deposits on the inner walls of the blood vessels that supply the heart or brain.
  • Often, there are no symptoms of the underlying disease of the blood vessels.
  • A heart attack or stroke may be the first warning of underlying disease. (4)

Dear World

The World Health Organization is giving us some information so we need to pay attention – so

WHY are we not asking more Questions?
WHY are we not demanding more answers?

Is it because we have simply accepted what we get told?

Can we demand to know what causes these acute events that cause a blockage, which means blood is prevented from reaching our heart and brain?

Can we be Honest about how those fatty deposits build up on the inner walls of our blood vessels?

Could it be possible that we may have no symptoms that are physical but if we were connected to our body, we would feel that SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT?

Is it possible that our lack of connection –
our dis-connection to our body stops us feeling what we need to feel and this may be a contributory factor why we have no awareness of any underlying dis-ease?

Can we stop relying on all the information that is currently bombarding us and get back to the drawing board and start with asking some Simple Questions like –

Does my High Blood Pressure contribute to why I am at high risk of a heart attack?

Does my fatty food choices have something to do with my dodgy heart issues?

Does my lack of exercise and couch potato lifestyle have something to do with my heart condition?

Does my consistent comfort eating used to bury my issues have anything to do with the dis-ease I feel in my heart?

Does my heart that wants to love everyone shut down when I meet another as I am full of hurts?

Does my inability to change my behaviours towards others have something to do with why I have heart problems?

Does my lack of Expression where I never say how I truly feel have an effect on my tender heart?

Does my super sensitivity that I cover up, acting like I am ok eventually chip away at my precious heart?

Does my undealt with past stuff have anything to do with why my heart-aches every single day?

Does my inability to let go of past hurts continue to add a heaviness to my aching heart?

Does my hard thoughts and denigration of myself cause my heart to shut down slowly every day?

Does my heart get a pounding with the force I choose to live with every single day?

Does my poverty way of thinking disturb the blood flow to my heart in every moment?

Does my high flashy lifestyle with all the trimmings and complications have something to do with my painful heart?

Does my competitive “I have to be top dog” affect my precious heart more than I care to realise?

Does my need to over-exercise pushing my body beyond its natural limit have an affect on my heart?

Does my relationship which is full of tension have some affect on my heart?

Does my Loneliness symptoms contribute to my heart deteriorating slowly without me being aware?

Does my work life pressures add to my existing Blood Pressure condition and this continues to affect my heart?

Does my constant anxious way of living a Double Life take its toll on my heart?

Does my life in the Fast Lane consistently add to my out of rhythm heart but ignoring that fact is easier?

Does my choice to not Stop and pause to give myself a moment of rest have an ill effect on my heart?

3) Peripheral Arterial Disease

Peripheral Arterial Disease occurs when there’s a blockage in the arteries to the limbs, usually the legs.

This can cause:

  • dull or cramping leg pain, which is worse when walking and gets better with rest
  • hair loss on the legs and feet
  • numbness or weakness in the legs
  • persistent ulcers (open sores) on the feet and legs

 4) Aortic Disease

Aortic diseases are a group of conditions affecting the aorta. This is the largest blood vessel in the body, which carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body.

One of the most common aortic diseases is an aortic aneurysm, where the aorta becomes weakened and bulges outwards.

This doesn’t usually have any symptoms, but there’s a chance it could burst and cause life-threatening bleeding.

Cause of Cardiovascular Disease

The exact cause of Cardiovascular Disease is not clear, but there are lots of things that can increase our risk of getting it. These are called “risk factors”.

The more risk factors we have, the greater our chances of developing Cardiovascular Disease.

The main risk factors for Cardiovascular Disease are outlined below:

High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) is one of the most important risk factors for Cardiovascular Disease. If our blood pressure is too high it can damage our blood vessels.

For more education and awareness about High Blood Pressure, also known as Hypertension – read our article on this website
https://simplelivingglobal.com/world-hypertension-day/

Smoking3

Smoking and other tobacco use is also a significant risk factor for Cardiovascular Disease. The harmful substances in tobacco can damage and narrow our blood vessels.

For the record – on this website
Simple Living Global has published the full book – The Real Truth about Tobacco
the facts and the stats are presented about the harmfull effects of Tobacco
https://simplelivingglobal.com/the-real-truth-about-tobacco-part-3/

High Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in the blood. If we have high cholesterol, it can cause our blood vessels to narrow and increases our risk of developing a blood clot.

For the record and in line with what we have presented thus far with our Real Truth series on this website – there will be an article published in 2020 called The Real Truth about Cholesterol

Diabetes

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes our blood sugar level to become too high.

High blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels, making them more likely to become narrowed.

Many people with Type 2 Diabetes are also overweight or Obese, which is also a risk factor for Cardiovascular Disease. (3)

For more education and awareness about Diabetes – read our forensic article on this website
https://simplelivingglobal.com/world-diabetes-day/

Inactivity

Physical Inactivity – a Global Public Health Problem

3.2 million deaths each year attributable to insufficient physical activity (6)
World Health Organization

If we don’t exercise regularly, it’s more likely that we will have High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol levels and be Overweight. All of these are risk factors for Cardiovascular Disease.

Exercising regularly keeps our heart healthy. When combined with a healthy diet, exercise can also help us maintain a healthy weight. (3)

Hello Hello

We are being told that over 3 million people did not have to die if physical activity was on their lifestyle agenda AND not doing any physical activity is now a GLOBAL HEALTH PROBLEM.

So if we join the dots and keep it Simple

Is this telling us that not moving physically has consequences?

Does that mean that our movements are important?

If we received education and understanding about the value of moving our body – would that change anything?

Is it really about will power and all the other things that get thrown at us or is there something else stopping us?

Is it motivation we lack or is there an underlying reason that we are not fully aware of that stops us moving?

Are we fed images non-stop about what healthy is and what exercises we need to do and it all feels too much?

Are we too busy wanting a Perfect Life as Social Media keeps throwing us more images but we end up doing nothing when it comes to exercise?

Are we in the category of ‘exercise is on the list’ but it never seems to happen, as there just isn’t any time for that?

Being Overweight or Obese

Being Overweight or Obese increases our risk of developing Diabetes and High Blood Pressure.

We’re at increased risk of Cardiovascular Disease if

  • our body mass index (BMI) is 25 or above
  • we are a man with a waist measurement of 94cm (about 37 inches) or more, or a woman with a waist measurement of 80cm (about 31.5 inches) or more. (3)

If we are being honest –

Are we eating away in front of a screen and not even clocking it so we just want to eat even more?

Are we Fooling ourselves when deep down we do know how we put on the surplus fat that hangs out with us every day and never goes away?

What would happen if we were presented with the facts and the stats about Obesity with an understanding and no judgement?

Look no further – Simple Living Global are on the front foot and have delivered this tablet of Truth ready to read and consider – https://simplelivingglobal.com/the-real-truth-about-obesity/

Family History of Cardiovascular Disease

If you have a family history of Cardiovascular Disease, your risk of developing it is also increased.

We are considered to have a family history of Cardiovascular Disease if either:

  • our father or brother were diagnosed with Cardiovascular Disease before they were 55
  • our mother or sister were diagnosed with Cardiovascular Disease before they were 65

We are advised to tell our doctor or nurse if we have a family history of Cardiovascular Disease. They may suggest checking our blood pressure and cholesterol level.

When we say a family history of Cardiovascular Disease

Could it be possible that if our movements are similar to our parents – in other words our behaviour is just like they are, we may end up with the same ill or dis-ease in our body AND we never bother to Question it as it’s easy to simply accept it.

What if we stop operating in the same way as other family members and changed our lifestyle choices?

Could that then alter the direction we are going to end up?

In other words, our movements are not the same or similar and so we may not develop the increased risk of Cardiovascular Disease.

Is this making sense?

Other Risk Factors

 Other factors that affect our risk of developing Cardiovascular Disease include:

  • age – Cardiovascular Disease is most common in people over 50 and our risk of developing it increases as we get older.
  • gender – men are more likely to develop Cardiovascular Disease at an earlier age than women
  • diet – an unhealthy diet can lead to High Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure
  • alcohol – excessive alcohol consumption can also increase our cholesterol and blood pressure levels and contribute to weight gain. (3)

There has been enough stuff out there telling us about risk factors that contribute to our heart and that includes what we eat and drink.

Our diet speaks volumes and we blame the food industry and just about anything out there but we never stop to think we have a hand in what goes into our mouth

What is it about us that gets told to cut the fat, cut the sugar, cut the Stress and yet we go about ‘business as usual’ making no changes and then popping pills for Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure?

What is it about us that can’t be bothered to take the medication and this leads to even more issues for our overworked medical systems to deal with?

What is it about us that simply does not want to take Responsibility for the lifestyle choices we are making?

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Alcohol is a scientific proven poison and is not for human consumption.

There is now research confirming there is no safe level of alcohol consumption.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/alcohol-drinking-no-safe-level-health-heart-disease-cancer-study-a8505181.html

We would never give a child poison so WHY would we make that choice for our own body?

What is it that makes us ignore the facts and continue drinking alcohol because we can?

What if we read the Real Truth about Alcohol on this website and note for the record that it is ranking at the top when we research Google?
https://simplelivingglobal.com/the-real-truth-about-alcohol/

What if we then read every single comment on the Alcohol blog and consider the Questions being presented?

What if we just stop at the above points and never spend another drop of public money to research what we all know and have known since day dot?

Global Cardiovascular Disease Death Rates

2017

Africa

1,254,000

East Mediterranean

1,195,000

Europe

4,584,000

South East Asia

3,616,000

The Americas

1,944,000

Western Pacific

4,735,000 (2)

GLOBAL

The number of overweight or obese infants and young children rose from

32 million – 1990
41 million – 2016 (7)

Atherosclerosis – clogged arteries – starts in childhood and is more likely with a sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy diet. Exposure to these behaviours throughout life increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes, so prevention should begin in childhood. Yet children are sitting more, eating processed foods and Obesity is becoming the norm…

Advocating the choice of healthy foods and greater activity is essential to halt the Obesity crisis in Brazil and worldwide and stop needless deaths from heart attack and stroke.
Dr Karine Turke, ABC Medical School, Sāo Paulo, Brazil (7)

To prevent Cardiovascular Disease, children and adolescents are advised to do physical activity every day and limit sedentary time. 

Parents should create an environment that promotes these behaviours and be role models.
Healthy lifelong eating habits must be encouraged such as family meals, eating breakfast and limiting Fast Foods.
Professor Dalton Précoma – Scientific Chair, Brazilian Congress of Cardiology 2019 (7)

Hello

WE HAVE A 911

Our children were not born overweight but now they are?

What are we doing as parents and custodians of our kids?

Where is our Responsibility?

What is missing and what can we do and not do?

How do children end up with a sedentary lifestyle?

WHY is Obesity becoming the norm everywhere?

WHY are we giving our children unhealthy diets?</span

WHY are children sitting more eating processed foods?

WHY are we not making the choices to support them?

Is this where the real problem is?

Cardiovascular Disease is no longer just a health issue but a major economic burden

$863 Billion – Global Cost in 2010

$1,044 Billion – Global Cost predicted for 2030 (8)

Together We Can Help People Live Longer, Better, More Healthy Lives

80% of premature deaths from Cardiovascular Disease could be avoided if FOUR MAIN risk factors – tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol were controlled. (1)

Hello – this is worth re-reading

80% is a huge number.

It is telling us we do not have to die early from Cardiovascular Disease if we make the choices to avoid Tobacco2, Alcohol and start eating healthy and getting some movement going – in other words exercise?

WHY stop at trying to control – why not make small steps every single day that puts us back on track to a healthy life?

WHY not read the forensic articles on this website about Tobacco3 and Alcohol which may inspire as well as offer some education about these toxic harmfull substances that are not for human consumption.

6 million people killed a year due to tobacco use

10% of Cardiovascular Disease estimated to be caused by this

600,000 people killed every year due to exposure to second hand smoke
28% are children

2 years of stopping smoking – the risk of coronary heart disease is substantially reduced.

15 years the risk of Cardiovascular Disease returns to that of a non-smoker

The Burden of Cardiovascular Disease CAN be Reduced 

But We Must All Act Now

Individuals must take control of their own heart health, sharing the power by understanding their own and their families’ risk of Cardiovascular Disease and acting to improve it.

Governments and Ministries of Health must accurately understand the scale of the problem by investing in Cardiovascular Disease surveillance and monitoring.

Countries should also implement population-wide interventions to reduce Cardiovascular Disease, including:

  • comprehensive Tobacco1 control policies
  • taxes to reduce the intake of foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt
  • walking and cycle paths to increase physical activity
  • strategies to reduce harmful use of Alcohol
  • healthy school meals for children (1)

At the individual level, for prevention of first heart attacks and strokes, individual health-care interventions need to be targeted to those at high total cardiovascular risk or those with single risk factor levels above traditional thresholds, such as Hypertension and hypercholesterolemia.

The former approach is cost-effective than the latter and has the potential to substantially reduce cardiovascular events. This approach is feasible in primary care in low-resource settings, including by non-physician health workers.

For secondary prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in those with established disease, including Diabetes, treatment with the following medications are necessary:

  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors
  • Aspirin
  • Beta-blockers
  • Statins

The benefits of these interventions are largely independent but when used together with smoking cessation, nearly 75% of recurrent vascular events may be prevented. Currently there are major gaps in the implementation of these interventions particularly at the primary health care level.

In addition, costly surgical operations are sometimes required to treat Cardiovascular Diseases. They include:

  • Artificial heart operations
  • Balloon angioplasty (where a small balloon like device is threaded through an artery to open the blockage)
  • Coronary artery bypass
  • Heart transplantation
  • Valve repair and replacement

Medical devices are required to treat some Cardiovascular Diseases.

Such devices include pacemakers, prosthetic valves and patches for closing holes in the heart. (4)

So we get told we can reduce the burden of Cardiovascular Disease and we as individuals must take control of our own heart health.

Why are we then waiting for governments to do something or change the policies and the laws?

What if those in the big seats making decisions on behalf of us are smokers themselves and or drink a glass or two of poison every day that we call alcohol – how does that work?

What if strategies need to come from those who walk the talk and talk the walk?

In other words, these people need to show us at least a 10 year track record of healthy living and lifestyle choices that do not have Tobacco2 or Alcohol or Fast Foods in their body.

What if it is these healthy people then go into schools and support meals for children that will not leave their digestive systems overloaded with sugar and fat that requires enormous amounts of energy to process?

What if we don’t wait for a walking path to increase our physical activity as we can literally walk anywhere as long as we do not find Excuses?

What if no amount of taxes to reduce high fat, sugar and salt is going to cut it and we all know that?

What if we make the movement to read the following blogs and answer ALL the Questions being presented 

Diabetes
Heart – Part 1
High Blood Pressure
Junk Foods
Obesity

Let us not delude ourselves any further with everything that we read out there and take matters into our own hands to the best of our ability.

Let us start with a deep Appreciation for the medical world and all that it brings.

Let us then listen up and take note of those, like the author of this monumental website on true health and wellbeing and consider what they are presenting.

Let us stop the Blame game and start with a big dose of Honesty by saying SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT.

Let us learn once again how to open our hearts so we can discern for ourselves what feels true and what is not.

Let us know that our heart can guide us back to our true way of living and for now it is all we need to Focus on.

Finally –
take a moment to read and re-read what this wisdom is presenting to us

Love is a two-way street, not a one-way valley.

This teaching reveals the truth about all ill vascular conditions. Ill conditions that are, with regard to our species, thousands of years old. They are not a modern dilemma. We are to express love to others and, allow love, their love, to come back and be accepted in full.

Serge Benhayon – Esoteric Teachings & Revelations Volume II, p.471

What is this wise man of our time teaching us?

Do we get it or is it too much for us to consider?

What if the answer is here for those of us who are asking Questions and want to get to the root cause of why we have any form of heart condition or dis-ease relating to our vascular system?

What if somewhere deep inside us – we already know this to be true?

WHY have we made our life a one-way valley when it comes to matters of the heart?

What will it take to turn the tides once and for all and make Love a two-way street, so we not only express love out but equally allow it in?

Is this what is missing when it comes to our human heart?

 

References

(1) World Heart Day 2019. World Heart Federation. Retrieved September 26, 2019 from  
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  1. Science Magazine – 24 September 2019

    https://scienmag.com/veterans-with-mental-health-conditions-have-higher-risk-of-heart-disease-stroke/

    New research published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes and American Heart Association journal.

    Title: Veterans with Mental Health Conditions have Higher Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke

    Veterans with specific mental health disorders – depression, psychosis and bipolar disorder had an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and death from cardiovascular disease according to this new study.

    The link between mental illness and cardiovascular disease is well established.

    In this study, researchers assessed veterans at risk for major heart disease and stroke events and death associated with depression, anxiety, PTSD, psychosis and bipolar disorder.

    Data analysis included from more than 1.6 million veterans age 45 to 80.

    The full details of this study can be found on the link above.

    If we simply join the dots and keep it simple, we could say that there is a link between veterans and their mental health and this affects their heart in some way.

    Have we considered the impact of war and what it does to a human being?

    Are we as humans designed to fight other humans on this planet?

    Can the tension created inside our body from combat affect mental health?

    Are we equipped to deal with forces coming at us or do we just toughen up?

    Does our heart have to brace itself against these forces and so it hardens?

    Does our heart have an intelligence that we have yet to consider in all of this?

    As a world we seem to be driven to keep researching and this is good but is there more we now need to consider and ask questions about?

    WHY have we got our veterans having mental health conditions?

    WHY are these veterans at risk for major heart disease and stroke?

    Until we get to the WHY – are we simply circulating around without getting close to the root cause of WHY this is happening in the first place?

    This blog and this website are presenting some serious and very valuable questions for us all to ponder deeply on as SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT.

    This website is saying THERE IS ANOTHER WAY.

    It may take decades before anyone takes this website and seriously studies the author and those who support this platform for humanity.

    Scholars of the future will know the purpose and the plan, as to WHY all this was being presented in the early 21st century.

  2. Thank you Simple Living Global for this informative and thought provoking article.

    I have a condition called Atrial Fibrillation (AF), which is an irregular heartbeat. Although AF is an electrical disease of the Atria and coronary disease is a structural disease of blood vessels, in truth, there is no real distinction as they are all related to the heart, which means there is something not the truth with how I am living my life.

    I say there is something not the truth with how I am living my life because I feel that we are all responsible for what happens to ourselves and that illness and disease isn’t something that magically just happens because we were in the wrong place at the wrong time, it doesn’t happen because we are unlucky, it doesn’t happen because our parents had an illness or disease and they will pass it on to us, it doesn’t happen because God wished it so – I feel that all illness and disease comes from us and not to us.

    This simply means that the way we live our lives is the cause of any illness or disease that we may have.

    So, I have AF and, as this article has so eloquently put it, it is because I am not prepared to give or receive love in full all of the time. I am too busy allowing my past hurts and pains to get in the way and stop me giving and receiving all the love that I am.

    Writing these words here is very easy to do, the next steps are what matter. Even as I write this I have a realisation that it feels very comfortable being the way I have been for the last few years almost as though it is like some form of addiction and like everything in life, all I have to do is choose to stay in this addiction or step out of it.

    I can choose to allow my hurts and past pains to keep me where I have been for many years, hence the AF, which could lead to blood clots, stroke or heart failure or I can start to open myself up to allow the love to express out and also to receive love in full.

  3. Thank you for this marvellous blog.

    What comes to me as I read this blog is simply this: “use it or lose it”.

    To me that means: if I don’t use my heart to express and allow Love fully in my life, there will be a physical cost to my heart and it will atrophy and weaken over time.
    In other words – I will get a form of heart disease.

    I’ll get heart disease, in other words.

  4. Met a beautifull young boy in our community on one of those chance meetings – call it a constellation at the right time and being in the right place.

    He was on leave from boarding school and I know his mum so she was delighted I got to meet her kids.

    Something that struck me was I knew he was not speaking much and seemed withdrawn, but when I was talking he was like firing up inside and I caught the smile and his eyes lightening up literally.

    In my usual style, I asked his mum straight – what happened – as this boy is shut down from his natural expression and I knew I was right on this. She said bang on that is exactly how he is and that dad died when he was 7.

    When I asked his current age, it made sense to me that this sensitive boy for whatever reason had locked himself in with his hurt and pain and there has not been a way for him to express. Sadly, this is probably going on for other boys too of his age.

    The other thing I saw was how small he was for his age and my question to myself was – is it possible to hold back on our natural growth if we are not expressing and can it show up in our body not expanding or growing as it should, had we not experienced and lived through whatever trauma it was that we are locked up in as we have shut down who we truly are inside?

    On that note, later on, I introduced this young boy to my husband and what was interesting is that he could ‘read’ so to speak how quiet and withdrawn this boy was and it reminded him of how he was. He told the boy that he shut down his heart when he was about his age and since then has had difficulties expressing love to others and allowing the love from others back inside him. He then mentioned he now has a heart condition aged 57 and is convinced it has something to do with how he was as a child growing up and how the behaviour of not speaking up and expressing what he feels, as he is super sensitive, has led to the heart being irregular.

    What if our world for one moment just stopped and asked those with any dodgy heart issue to talk about their past and how they were – could we learn something more?

    What if we marry anecdotal real life stories like this with the amazing stuff the medical world can offer and see what happens?

    Heart dis-ease in the human body has been around for thousands of years and remains our number one killer, so is there more we need to consider now as something is not right and our way of dealing with this global epidemic is not decreasing?

    There has to be another way.

    What is our heart trying to communicate when it goes out of sync or has pressure?

    How on earth are we living and what quality are we choosing to enter our body that gives rise to any illness or dis-ease in our body?

    How have we got to this point where our lifestyle choices contribute to ill health and yet we seem to have a world that takes things lightly when it is nothing but serious irresponsibility on our part?

    We as a world are in a state of 911 emergency. Every country has citizens suffering and our health systems are over stretched and under funded.

    Is it time to ask the how and why questions which this article and this website are presenting?

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