In the United States today, cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Western medicine, it's common for doctors to suggest a stent or even coronary artery bypass graft surgery for the chest pains that often indicate serious blockage in at least one artery. However, as Hallelujah Diet's research director, Dr. Michael Donaldson, explained in the September webinar "Bypassing the Bypass Surgery: Know Your Options," there are other options that don't involve an invasive surgery.
The Benefits and Risks: A Comparative Analysis
In his in-depth presentation, Dr. Donaldson breaks down the benefits and risks of both the option for bypass surgery and the alternative: diet and lifestyle interventions. The objective is to uncover which option has the best profile of benefits and risks.
Some studies have found that coronary bypass surgery is better than doing nothing, or than just using medication. Surgery has been shown to effective in the relief of angina pain. However, three studies conducted in the early '80s when the surgery first began set out to determine whether or not the procedure was worth it. Though each found that there were benefits to performing the surgery, it was highly dependent on the severity of the individual's heart disease. For those who needed a triple- or quadruple-bypass surgery, there were some benefits down the road, but patients with "mild" heart disease did not get much benefit. The Coronary Artery Surgery Study found that:
"Coronary bypass surgery appears neither to prolong life nor to prevent myocardial infarction in patients who have mild angina."
Dr. Donaldson concludes that the bottom line is that heart surgery is not effective but, is it safe? As with any surgery, there will always be a risk and this is especially true of the very invasive procedure of bypass surgery. During surgery, there is the risk of stroke, heart attack, bleeding that requires more surgery, heart arrhythmia, kidney failure, pulmonary problems and in some cases, even death.
It's a double whammy: The more sick that you are, the more likely you are to benefit from the surgery, but the risk for adverse complications due to the surgery is also greater.
Analyzing the Cause of Heart Disease
What heart disease really comes down to is the risk factors attributed to it, most of which are preventable. As Dr. Donaldson explained in the webinar, according to an INTERHEART study, 90 percent or more of risk for coronary heart disease can be attributed to just nine factors. This was true for all genders and ages, across 52 countries. The risk factors are as follows:
- Abnormal lipids (raised ApoB/ApoA1).
- Abdominal obesity.
- Psychosocial factors.
- Low consumption of fruits and vegetables.
- Lack of physical activity.
As Rev. Malkmus used to say, and we repeat in the presentation, "If you do what you've always done, you're going to get what you've always gotten." Each of these risk factors are modifiable and as such, can be controlled and reversed by your diet and lifestyle. As such, changing your diet and your lifestyle can be an effective way to prevent the risk of cardiovascular disease. Moreover, these non-invasive lifestyle changes have been shown, in very large studies, to be much safer than surgery.
The Hallelujah Diet Alternative
Given the above information, you may be curious what the diet and lifestyle intervention entails. Whether managing your cardiovascular health through conventional or alternative means, the Hallelujah Diet together with the Hallelujah Diet Cardiovascular Support System provides your body with the resources necessary to rebuild and restore. The Hallelujah Diet Cardiovascular Support system is an excellent way to boost your health and reduce your risk of heart disease. Fully equipped with diet guidelines, effective products for your health and numerous resources, you just may decide to skip that invasive surgery and the risks that it entails.
So, if a diet and lifestyle change is as effective as and safer than surgery, which would you choose? Sure, we have our opinion,but so does your friendly doctor. His advice might sound good until you've tuned in to hear this counterargument. To learn more about your options, watch the full webinar here.