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Doctor insights on: Why Is There Such A High Incidence Of Heart Disease In The United States

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Heart Diseases (Definition)

Heart disease is a condition in which a person has problems within his or her vascular system and heart, which includes both congenital birth defects and problems acquired later. Examples of heart disease include clogging (atherosclerosis) of the coronary (heart) arteries, heart attacks (obstructions of the arteries), damaged heart valves, heart muscle failure, and viral infections of the heart. Some major causes of heart disease include genetics, smoking, hypertension, high ...Read more


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In countries where people don't eat a lot of wheat, what is the incidence of heart disease, cancer, hypertension, diabetes?

In countries where people don't eat a lot of wheat, what is the incidence of heart disease, cancer, hypertension, diabetes?

?: I don't know the answer to your question, but if you substitute "meat" for "wheat", i can tell you with much literature to back me up that the incidence of those conditions is low and much lower than in the usa. Wheat, btw, by itself is not the culprit and whole grain (unprocessed) wheat is full of good fiber, relatively low in calories, and doesn't raise cholesterol. White bread is a bad example. ...Read more

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How high is the percentage of whole grains prevent heart disease?

How high is the percentage of whole grains prevent heart disease?

Whole grain: We don't "prevent" heart disease, we lower the probability of heart disease. Using whole grain rather than processed in one step which helps in lower the probability. If one smokes however, that would outweigh most steps. Establish a healthy diet and exercise program and take care of your risk factors to lower your probability of getting heart disease. ...Read more

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Does a high calcium deposit score mean that you have heart disease?

Does a high calcium deposit score mean that you have heart disease?

Might: A coronary calcium scan is not advised for routine screening for coronary artery disease.1 this test may not tell your doctor any more about your risk for heart disease than your risk factors do. Major risk factor are: high blood pressure, diabeteshigh cholestrol, smoking, genetic facors, and obesity. ...Read more

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How likely is it that extremely high levels of testerone can lead to heart disease?

How likely is it that extremely high levels of testerone can lead to heart disease?

Controversial : Conflictive evidence about the subject. I will say that if you use synthetic testosterone for muscle mass building with increasing age you may have an increase risk of cardiovascular disease. Other evidence show that older men with natural high testosterone level have lower risk of dying from heart condition. ...Read more

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I recently had a CBC and my EO count came back as 7.7% (High). How concerned should I be? Does this increase my risk of heart disease?

I recently had a CBC and my EO count came back as 7.7% (High).  How concerned should I be?  Does this increase my risk of heart disease?

Eosinophils: Eosinophils which are found to be elevated on a CBC are most commonly due to allergies and parasitic infections. Other less common causes also exist but these do not generally increase the risk of heart disease. This elevation on your blood test is best interpreted along with physical symptoms you may have. ...Read more

Incidence (Definition)

...That is a measure of the risk of developing some new condition within a certain period of time. The incidence rate is the # of new cases per population that develop a disease over a period of time. So, in a population of 100, if 5 people develop the disease within 5 years, the incidence rate is 5% over 5 years. Compare to 'prevalence', which measures the total # ...Read more