YOUR HEART – Free e-book

Your Heart – Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease in Women, Men & Children


FREE E-BOOK         FEBRUARY 13, 14 & 15

 Heart Disease – Then and Now

The United States designated February 1964 as the first American Heart Month to raise awareness of the number one killer. More than fifty years later, in spite of increased awareness resulting in lifestyle changes, reduction in smoking, and increased exercise, all modifications that reduce risk, it remains number one killer in men and women around the world.

In addition, an obesity epidemic has pushed millions of people into Type 2 diabetes, that markedly raises heart disease risks. Early heart disease changes are now seen in elementary age obese children.

Cardiovascular disease includes heart disease and stroke. It kills more people than any other health problem.

In 1960 when my father died of his second heart attack at age 52 (his first occurred at age 46), we knew a positive family history for heart disease, eating fatty meat, and smoking were bad. Heart attack treatment back then consisted of bedrest and oxygen. There were no medications to lower cholesterol, and heart medications were few.

Science has given us the biology behind this devastating disease. We know what happens at the molecular level and how to modify contributing factors. We know high blood fats, low activity levels, obesity, and tobacco use all contribute to early death from heart disease.

You ask, what about heart disease that runs in families?  You can counteract “good genes” by making bad life choices: overeat, use tobacco, and don’t exercise. Or, you can offset “bad genes” by making healthy choices.

Dramatic interventions to dilate and stent diseased heart arteries, or surgically bypass vessels that are too diseased to stent, have saved lives. But there are many options for people to take control and make healthy changes to lower risk before something happens.

With the right knowledge and actions, the number one cause of death in women and men is preventable. If you are healthy and want to stay that way, or if you are overweight, have diabetes or cardiovascular disease, you can live longer by modifying your risks.

After taking care of hundreds of people in crisis from heart disease over years of work in emergency rooms, I wrote a heart health handbook. In just two-hundred pages, Your Heart will give you the science behind the disease, some actions to improve your health and common interventions that could save your life or the life of a loved one. Many dietary options are available including the Mediterranean 5/2 diet that can help you lose weight for life.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Take care of your heart.

Betty Kuffel

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About bettykuffel

Author and retired medical doctor with broad interests in writing, flying, photography and outdoor life. She is a monthly health columnist in Montana Woman Magazine and has three nonfiction Indie published books available on Amazon. Writing projects include: multiple books of fiction including a biological thriller, medical thriller series, a romantic intrigue and a mystery set in 1960 co-authored with her sister Bev. Dr. Kuffel lives in MT with husband Tom, two dogs and neighborhood deer.
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