Myths In Coronary Disease

Editor’s Note: I was recently approached By Millie Bruce, a regular reader about publishing her article below. While strictly not related to Celiac disease, as Celiacs we are all hyper-conscious of our diets and in that vein, thought this article had a place here. While we need to adhere to a strict gluten-free diet, we need to mindful of an overall healthy diet.

Myths In Coronary Disease
By Millie Bruce, guest KelownaCeliac.org contributor

Coronary Disease

Introducing The Most Recent Myths In Coronary Disease… The Planet’s No. 1 Killer

For both men and women of any age, heart disease is considered the main killer. It kills more people than ALL forms of cancer tumors combined. If you’re black or over sixty-five, your risk of heart disease is higher, but it is an equal opportunity destroyer. Any person, any place, at any time can have a cardiac event [1].

Myth #1: Solely adults need to worry about their cardiovascular system.

Things that might generate a heart attack build up as time passes. To be a couch-potato, boredom eating without performing exercises tend to be undesirable habits that could possibly begin in childhood days. Increasingly more clinical doctors are starting to get patients of heart attacks in their 20’s and thirty’s as an alternative to victims usually in their fifty’s and 60’s.

Getting physically fit and at the right bodyweight doesn’t make you proof against heart attacks. Although, both working out regularly and maintaining an ideal bodyweight helps. You’ll still have to check your blood cholesterol and blood pressure. The best blood cholesterol (or lipid profile) number is below 200. The best blood pressure level is 120/80.

Myth #2: I’d feel sick if I had high blood pressure levels or high cholesterol levels.

They call these, “silent killers” basically because they present NO warning signs. 1 / 3rd of all adults have hypertension. Of those, one-third don’t know they’ve got it.

High cholesterol is a way of measuring the fats carried through your blood. Fats can be dropped anywhere in your system, but may congregate all around body organs. Including your heart. This propensity might run in families. So, even if you are at a good body weight and don’t smoke, have your blood cholesterol and blood pressure levels examined regularly. Once may not be adequate [2].

Myth #3: Both women and men DON’T feel the same warning signs.

Males and females CAN have precisely the same signs, but they typically will not. Ladies have a propensity to develop the subtler warning signs though men more frequently have the kind of cardiac arrest you watch in the movies. But, both gender CAN have any indicators and symptoms.

These subtler signs, for example jaw achiness, nausea or vomiting, lack of breath and significant fatigue, are inclined to get identified away. “My jaw hurt mainly because my lunch time sandwich was on whole-grain bread and I had to chew very hard,” or , while clutching their stomach, “I probably should not have had that additional piece of pizza.” “Half of ladies have no chest pain in anyway,” announces Kathy Magliato, a heart surgeon at California’s St. John’s Health Center. Put all the little indicators alongside one another and listen to your system.

Certainly, both men and women can experience the “grab-your-chest-and-fall-down-gasping” form of cardiac event, however you know, that isn’t the only way.

Myth #4: If my sugar level is under control, Type II diabetes will not be a heart threat.

Although having your blood glucose level with a normal range (80ml-120ml) keeps you significantly more healthy, just having the additional glucose in your body takes its toll on arteries. You’ll need working out and eating healthier to help take control of your diabetes, but don’t forget to test your blood pressure level and bad cholesterol, too.

Myth #5: My medical doctor would order lab tests if I were at risk for heart problems.

Usually, most of us overlook to inform the doctor about the little aches we feel. The medical doctors, without knowing the various things we think as insignificant, might pass over heart checks.

“Mammograms and Colonoscopies are regularly given by doctors,” says Merdod Ghafouri, a cardiologist at Inova Fairfax Hospital in the state of Virginia, [3] “and are needed, but heart tests are usually not often executed.” A cardiac scan can diagnose plaque build-up in your arteries before you even realize you’ve got a problem.

Do you have the engine oil pressure and transmission liquid verified in your automobile? Have other preventive maintenance done? Doesn’t your only heart deserve as much consideration as your vehicle?

Links to Supplemental Resources About Heart Disease:

– [1] The Lansing State Journal is a local web publication that features Michigan stories and days news and posts from everywhere. They talked about the entire story in this article

– [2] Mediterranean Recipes is a free web log managed by Trisha that explains her cooking enthusiasm to help folks understand how to prepare healthy foods to reduce heart problems. She gives a nice recipe for a healthy heart section

– [3] Health Central is regarded as the most trusted resources for medical facts and up to date stories that include a doctor-approved health encyclopedia of diseases and illnesses. They have a decent post about 6 ways to Healthier Heart

About me:

Millie BruceMillie M. Bruce (@millie_bruce on Twitter.com) was born in Banffshire, Scotland on August 2, 1944. She had an basic degree in Traditional medicine at the University of Glasgow in 1962. She have done diet counseling and she trained adult nutrition in Adult Day Care Centres. She previously worked for scientific editors and reviewers that published articles for the New England Journal of Medicine. Now she’s retired and from the year 2005 to the present she has been a guest freelance writer for health-related internet sites and forums.

Myths about Celiac Disease

MYTH: Celiac Disease is rare in Canada so the physician does not need to know about it.

FACT: Though the incidence of Celiac Disease in Canada appears lower than in other countries such as the West of Ireland, where as many as 1 in 300 persons have the disease, it is not rare. For example, many thousands of Canadians with Celiac Disease belong to the Canadian Celiac Association.

MYTH: Celiac Disease is a disease of childhood.

FACT: Celiac Disease is frequently diagnosed for the first time in young adults, middle aged adults or senior citizens.

MYTH: Celiac Disease can be outgrown.

FACT: Celiac Disease is a lifelong condition. Although in some cases it is possible for Celiacs who are in remission after dietary treatment to take gluten without immediate obvious harm, it has been well shown that intestinal mucosal damage recurs and with time, severe clinical symptoms can develop.

MYTH: Celiac Disease is easily diagnosed.

FACT: It is more likely to be missed. The disease is a great mimicker and may present with constipation or abdominal pain or vomiting or anaemia and not with the classical text book symptoms of diarrhoea, weight loss (or failure to grow) and steatorrhoea (fatty stools).

MYTH: Celiac Disease can be diagnosed by a simple blood test.

FACT: The only current reliable test for Celiac Disease is an intestinal biopsy while the patient is still taking gluten. “Blood tests” are at best only screening tests and at worst can be misleading.

MYTH: An intestinal biopsy is a serious surgical procedure requiring general anaesthesia.

FACT: Performed by a skilled physician, a biopsy can be performed as a safe procedure with minimal discomfort, tolerated without general anaesthetic even by infants.

MYTH: A “trial” of the gluten free diet is a good way of selecting which patients may need a biopsy for celiac disease.

FACT: A gluten free diet “trial” before intestinal biopsy can seriously jeopardize or prolong the time needed to reach a definitive diagnosis. With the diet, the diagnostic intestinal mucosal lesions improve and may remain non-diagnostic for prolonged periods, even after reintroduction of gluten.  Patients may “respond” clinically to dietary changes for reasons other than Celiac Disease.Conversely, some Celiacs may have a questionable response to the diet.

MYTH: A person with Celiac Disease can tolerate a small amount of dietary gluten once in a while.

FACT: Although the Celiac may appear well, serious damage to the intestinal villi can occur even with small amounts of gluten.

MYTH: The only dietary advice needed by a Celiac is to avoid wheat and wheat products.

FACT: Effective treatment of Celiac Disease requires strict exclusion of gluten from the diet for life.  Many foods unexpectedly contain gluten and expert dietary instruction is essential, if the person with Celiac Disease is to avoid all sources of gluten and yet maintain a balanced and nutritious dietary intake. Gluten is found in wheat, rye, barley, oats and triticale and any parts thereof.

MYTH: Celiac Disease and Dermatitis Herpetiformis are unrelated.

FACT: Persons with Dermatitis Herpetiformis can present with obvious signs and symptoms of Celiac Disease or be asymptomatic, but have a positive intestinal biopsy. Treatment with a gluten-free diet helps control the Dermatitis Herpetiformis rash.

MYTH: After diagnosis and prescription of diet, the Celiac can be considered “cured” and need no further medical or dietary supervision.

FACT: Some medical problems such as iron deficiency anaemia may remain and need treatment. It is not yet clear whether late complications such as malignancy may occur, even after dietary treatment. Continued dietary advice and support is also essential to help the person cope with changing formulations of prepared foods.