Breakthrough research reveals cholesterol may not be
Studies show if high levels of this protein are found in your blood,
your heart could be in big trouble.
Research team puts together an army of fighters to defeat
this enemy and help reduce your risk of a heart attack.
Heart disease is the No.1 killer. Unfortunately, the 1st symptom of heart disease could be death.. Now, the 1st thing that comes to mind when one hears about heart disease is almost always cholesterol. But new research shows that heart attacks happen in people with normal cholesterol too. Clearly there's something else that could be causing heart disease. If you are over 60 this could happen to you... You're driving in traffic or working out at the gym, or just going for a jog when you feel a twinge in your chest. Or an aggressive pulsation. Or even a sense of just not feeling right. Both men and women may notice subtle heart symptoms like these before an actual heart attack occurs. Sometimes these symptoms come immediately before an attack and sometimes they could come many days, even months before an attack. On the other hand a heart attack can come right out of the blue without any symptoms whatsoever. Though advances in medical care have cut the death rate from heart disease, they haven't touched the incidence rates. In spite of all the dieting, exercising, and awareness, we are getting more heart disease than ever before. Heart disease and heart attacks can be greatly reduced, provided you do it the right way..You might have heard from your doctor and the media that lowering your cholesterol is a must to reduce the risk of heart attack. While this is true, it is only partially true.In fact, 50% of the people who are hospitalized with heart attacks have normal cholesterol levels, and 25% of people who develop premature heart disease don't have any high cholesterol. These numbers tell us that to protect yourself against heart disease.. While bad cholesterol does play an important role in heart attacks, it cannot do so alone.. A heart attack is simply the death of muscle cells in the heart from a lack of oxygen. This occurs when blood flow can't reach the heart because of a blockage or clot in the arteries.
Until recently the traditional thinking was that these clots are caused because of cholesterol deposits. But cholesterol is just one small part of the puzzle. There is a bigger culprit. we traditionally thought that cholesterol plaque formed on the lining of the artery and as it grew it blocked the blood flow. But now we know that plaque forms not on but inside your artery walls. And this happens because of. INFLAMMATION. -Silent Inflammation. Silent Inflammation is inflammation below the perception of pain. It is very dangerous because as there is no pain you don't do anything about it. This type of inflammation can attack your organs and every cell in your organ for years, sometimes decades, until there is enough organ damage to be called chronic disease. When this inflammation attacks your arteries, it weakens arteries and lays the foundation for plaque formation. When the lining of the artery is weakened, the bad cholesterol molecule (LDL) breaks into the lining and digs into the artery wall.Once this happens the body's defence mechanisms come into play and engulf the bad cholesterol. This is the beginning of the plaque. As the lining of the artery has already been broken, more bad cholesterol molecules come and deposit themselves in the same place and the plaque starts growing inwards into the arteries. The already weakened lining ruptures – blood flows into the artery, forms a clot that blocks the artery. When this happens in the artery of your heart you get a heart attack.
To be absolutely sure, you should do a blood test to check for CRP (C-reactive protein). C-reactive protein is a critical component of our immune system. It was previously used to detect acute causes of inflammation like arthritis, respiratory tract infections etc. But now CRP is being used to detect lower levels of inflammation (Silent Inflammation) like that which leads to heart disease. C-reactive protein is made in our liver in small quantities naturally. But when there is an inflammation, infection or trauma, large quantities of this protein flood into the blood. High levels of CRP are also triggered by unhealthy diet, smoking, lack of exercise (which incidentally are high risk factors for heart disease). However, CRP has nothing to do with bad cholesterol. They are both exclusive of each other.
As far as your heart health is concerned, the best scenario is to have low cholesterol and low CRP levels. But if you love your eggs and bacon, and do not want to go through life without eating the foods you love, then you must at least make sure you have low C-Reactive Protein. It ensures that the bad cholesterol floating in your blood is not able to penetrate into your arteries.. Our bodies are constantly exposed to inflammation triggers – stress, pollution, infection. Even the diet we consume, with all its saturated fats, sugars, salts and processed foods, build up in the body and wreak havoc on the cells and can lead to chronic inflammation.