“F&V” the once and future heart medicine!

Dr. Weeks’ Comment:  Corrective medicine is the art of correcting imbalances in your health issues such that artificial drugs and even supplements are no longer required – but this requires a foundation of good lifestyle choices including organic whole foods which are themselves brimming over with nutrients.  Once you  change your diet, look what can happen!  You too can be written up as a success story by European heart specialists!



Health Studies Journal
Date: 2/8/2011

Consumption of Fruit and Vegetables May Reduce Risk of Heart Disease.
Source: European Heart Journal

Diseases of the heart and circulation are so common and the laity is so well acquainted with the major symptoms resulting from these disorders that patients and occasionally physicians, erroneously attribute many noncardiac complaints to cardiovascular disease. Ischemia, or inadequate myocardial perfusion, is manifest most frequently as chest discomfort.

A cardinal principle is that cardiac function that is adequate at rest may be inadequate during exertion. Thus, a history of chest pain or discomfort only during activity is characteristic of heart disease. Reduction in the pumping ability of the heart frequently manifests as weakness and fatigability, or as the disease process continues and becomes more severe, produces cyanosis, hypotension, syncope, and elevated intravascular pressure behind a failing ventricle.

A failing ventricle will also produce the accumulation of fluid (edema) either in the systemic or pulmonary circulation, and may cause dyspnea, and orthopnea. Obstructions to blood flow, such as is found in valvular stenosis, can cause symptoms resembling congestive heart failure. Arrhythmias, or disorders of electrical conduction usually develop suddenly. The accompanying signs and symptoms””palpitations, dyspnea, angina, hypotension, and syncope may disappear as rapidly as they develop.

A current study evaluated whether fruit and vegetable intake impacts risk of mortality from ischemic heart disease. The study included 313,074 men and women without previous stoke or myocardial infarction who were followed for an average of eight years. A total of 1,636 deaths from ischemic heart disease were recorded over the course of the study period. After studying dietary intakes, it was determined that each portion increment in fruit or vegetable intake resulted in a four percent lower risk of fatal heart disease.

The findings also suggested that people who consumed at least eight portions of fruits and vegetables per day had a 22 percent lower risk of fatal ischemic heart disease compared with those in the study who consumed three or fewer servings per day.

These results confirm the importance of higher fruit and vegetable consumption although the researchers recommend further studies to determine if this is a casual association.1

1 Crowe FL, Roddam AW, Key TJ, et al. Fruit and vegetable intake and mortality from ischaemic heart disease: results from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)-Heart study. Eur Heart J. Jan2011.


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