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Clinical Nutrition For Dummies by Michael Rovito

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Chapter 7

Cracking the Cardiovascular Case

In This Chapter

arrow Understanding the different forms of cardiovascular disease

arrow Outlining the risk factors for cardiovascular disease

arrow Identifying which foods promote heart health

arrow Assessing your cardiovascular disease risk

If you take a look at the leading causes of death in the Western world, heart disease reigns supreme, even surpassing cancer as the number one killer in our society. Globally, cardiovascular disease (CVD) kills millions of people per year. Consider these numbers:

  • In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that approximately 27 million U.S. adults were diagnosed with heart disease. Further, around 600,000 died of the disease, making it the number-one cause of death.
  • In Canada, yearly deaths attributed to CVD hover around 30 percent.
  • In the United Kingdom, nearly 35 percent of all deaths are attributed to the disease.
  • In Europe, over 4 million people per year die as a result of CVD complications.
  • One Australian dies every 12 minutes from CVD.

Despite the bleak morbidity and mortality rates, there is ...

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