Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. However, most people just don’t realize women with heart disease is the leading cause of death for women. Women often experience heart disease differently than men. For example, men have more heart attacks than women, but women have a higher heart attack death rate.
We live in a country that has little interest in improving healthcare. They forget that the medical system is a multi-trillion dollar a year industry that thrives on disease and illness, not on wellness.
$22 million was raised to fund a new addition to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center involved with heart health for women. On paper it makes sense because heart attacks are the number one cause of death in women. In fact, heart attacks are responsible for 6 times more deaths than any other cause of death in women.
However, if people are really interested in preventing heart attacks, why provide funding to any institution that profits from them.
We lose sight of the fact that hormones control every system in our body. Often, very little training in hormones is provided by medical schools, and this factor might prevent doctors from understanding the causation of illness. Have you ever wondered why some people get fibromyalgia, or depression, or hypertension, or insomnia, or interstitial cystitis, or fibroids, or migraine headaches– conditions that are often easily cured or prevented by simply adjusting certain hormones. What doctors are taught in medical school is that there are drugs for all these problems.
How many doctors realize that the heart has more testosterone receptor sites than anywhere else in the body, and that low levels are associated with heart attacks. Along these same lines, testosterone reverses congestive heart failure, or prevents it in men who have had massive heart attacks. Are they aware that after the menopause women have extremely low levels of testosterone?
When it comes to the heart, preventive medicine is the answer. Getting people to understand that cholesterol is not the problem will be a huge undertaking. Interestingly, women with high cholesterol often have the greatest longevity, and I am not aware of any studies that truly indicate that lowering cholesterol in women has any benefit. Side effects of statin drugs include heart damage and sudden death. Is it possible that this factor is contributing to the cardiac mortality rate in women?
I feel that the underlying cause of coronary artery disease is an inflammation of these blood vessels. Part of the approach to preventing heart attacks in women should include the use of antioxidants – vitamin C, vitamin D, omega-3 fish oils, etc. And at the same time eliminating drugs that can cause inflammation in blood vessels such as estrogen. Estrogen is a known cause of inflammation in blood vessels which is why it causes blood clots in women. At a young age women get exposed to xenoestrogens in plastic bottles, and in their teenage years they often get started on birth control pills. They are again given estrogen in perimenopause as well as the menopause. At the same time they get exposed to the estrogen that is put into chicken and cattle to fatten them.
The U.S. has the worst healthcare record of all civilized countries. We have the highest incidence of heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes, and even infant mortality. Medical care in our country will not change until people demand it. For those of you who are interested in how natural hormones brought into balance can transform people’s lives, I invite you to read my book, “The Miracle of Bio-identical Hormones”. It is available from Amazon or my website: www.plattwellness.com. It is also available in a Spanish version.
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Dr. Michael E. Platt
Michael E. Platt, M.D., has been board-certified in internal medicine. He has an office in Palm Desert, CA, devoted to wellness, hormones and supplement online store. He provide answers to questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. He is known nationally and internationally as a specialist in bio-identical hormones. He is also the author of “The Miracle of Bio-identical Hormones” and “The Platt Protocol for Hormone Balancing” – a wellness manual for healthcare practitioners.