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Cardiovascular disease is still the major killer in the West, and covers a wide range of conditions, from high cholesterol, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), arrhythmia (irregular heart beat), heart attack and stroke.
And despite a torrent of health advice, the emergence of low-fat foods and drinks, pharmaceuticals for treating cholesterol and blood pressure, still more people are developing cardiovascular disease.
This suggests we have it very wrong about our heart and what causes the many conditions that can afflict it and the main arteries. The Heart Health book seeks to uncover some of the myths surrounding the heart, including the role of aspirin, the hype about saturated fats and low-fat alternatives, and the connection to gum disease.
Cholesterol-lowering statins are explored along with aspirin, and the use of stents for clearing arteries.
Remedies to prevent heart flutter, stroke and high blood pressure are also included.