Atherosclerosis is another big cause of heart attack, whose first symptom can be a sudden cardiac death or acute MI in >50% of victims, worse than stress’. Still, more dreams and lives can be saved if we can look at the BIGGER picture and fully utilize health and non-health tools.
The studies on 136,905 patients hospitalized found that 77% of them had normal LDL (bad cholesterol, <130 mg/dl), 61.8% had normal triglyceride (<150mg/dl), and 45.5% had normal HDL (good cholesterol, >40 mg/dl). The results indicate that lipid study alone cannot exclude atherosclerosis as well as the risk of heart attack.
Atherosclerosis can be so destructive because it can develop plaque to block the blood supply to brain and heart and cause heart attack and stroke. A person can suffer from both heart attack and stroke at the same time due to Atherosclerosis. Thus, early detection is critical.
In addition to lipid study, other early detection includes electron beam tomography scan or EBT, ultrasound, and CT scan. The Society of Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication (SHAPE) encourages virtually all men 45 and older and women 55 and older to take screening for sub-clinical atherosclerosis to determine their future risk of a heart attack and take action accordingly, such as, to control their diet and take statins to lower their lipid. Below is their 1st guideline.
The exemption from the universal screening are those classified as “very low risk” who meet all of the following criteria:-cholesterol lower than 200(mg/dl),-blood pressure lower than 120 over 80 (mmHg),-no history of any type of diabetes, and-no smoking, and no family history of heart attack.
Now we know that those with “very low risk” can develop heart attack due to another big cause– extensive stress, for example, those with Takotsubo syndrome and me. The tools that enabled me to recover fast can also benefit atherosclerosis victims greatly.
First, manage challenges to minimize stress instead of “AVOID ALL STRESS.” Stress also plays a big role in atherosclerosis since outside challenges can significantly impact victims’ life, work, stress management and other aspects. For example, many people smoke, drink, eat or drug to manage their stress. It is hard to quit smoking, drinking, eating and drugs without the right tools and strategies to meet challenges, minimize stress, and be happy. Behavior management cannot work well here because poor stress management is not simple behaviors but symptom relieves of the underlying system.
Each person is an integrated system of 6Qs (IQ, EQ, Learning Q, Adversity Q, Public Influence Q, and Health Q) and needs to manage internal and external challenges. To make the 6Q system highly efficient will minimize many internal and external challenges, which requires which requires direct 6Q assessment.
Once heart attack occurs, traditional approach would ask victims to “AVOID ALL STRESS.” However, as I have shared in my recovery story, it can be too hard not to do what needed or kneel for life to “AVOID ALL STRESS.” Many victims can learn to manage challenges to minimize stress. The 6Q assessment results will be critical to find the skills and strategies needed to manage new challenges and minimize stress.
Second, enhance healing. Optimal internal healing will also benefit atherosclerosis victims greatly. The 6Q tools can do so in a natural way. One side benefit of achieving optimal health, including internal healing, via 6Q tools is to be 10-15 years younger than the average population. Eastern medicine can strengthen internal healing via non-invasive ways.
Like Dr. Naghavi, the Chairman of SHAPE, said, Status Quo IS Unacceptable. With more tools, more dreams, lives and healthcare dollars can be saved. BYBSH is here to provide additional tools and support to victims and colleagues to save more dreams, lives and healthcare dollars.
About the Author:
Bin Yang is the inventor of the 6Q Approach and Managing Director of The Prince Synergy (www.theprincesynergy.com) and BYBSH (www.BeYourBestStayHealthy.com), a leading institution that focuses on building exceptional leaders, teams, restoring brain and heart power, and beat skyrocketing healthcare costs. For more information or to schedule an interview, lecture or appointment, please call 310-668-1828.
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