By Edward Scarlett Special to The Pineapple Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the world (17.3 million.) As the number one expense condition in America, estimated spending is over $76 billion to treat. $48 billion for inpatient stays alone. Hypertension is often called the silent killer because people often don’t realize they have it until a major health condition arises. It is a major risk factor for heart failure and stroke. An estimated $32 billion was spent on medications, outpatient and office visits for treatment. So the question is why this number one healthcare condition in America is. Also what are some of the things that can be done to change this deadly problem? Some Physiology Each day your heart beats over 100,000 times and pumps about 2000 gallons of blood. This is enough to fill a petroleum truck. In an average 70 year lifetime, an average human heart beats more than 2.5 billion times. We contain, on average, 5 quarts of blood and your heart pumps your blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels (arteries, veins, capillaries,) Blood can travel at up to 10mph and takes about one minute make a round trip. Most heart trouble begins with subtle formations of fatty streaks comprised of cholesterol and calcium along the walls of major vessels (called plague). Over time as plaque builds up and blood flow is decreased, a condition known as Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) begins. Bacteria from dental infections, gum disease, and chronic bronchitis have also been linked to inflammatory conditions contributing to cardiovascular disease. Weight Obesity is associated with diabetes, high blood pressure and coronary artery disease, all of which increase the risk of developing heart disease. Studies have shown that excess body weight itself (and not just the associated medical conditions) can also lead to heart failure. Even if you are entirely healthy otherwise, being overweight still places you at a greater risk for developing heart failure. Stress Stress is a normal part of life, but if left unmanaged, stress can lead to emotional, psychological, and even physical problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, chest pains, or arrhythmias . Stress can cause us to overeat, exercise less, and you may be more likely to smoke. Evaluation These days there are a number of standard and advanced evaluation panels available to help determine many of the underlying components of a person’s cardiovascular state of health. Treatments • Of course the correct exercise program is essential. • Eating the correct diet for your blood type along with heart healthy foods • A comprehensive and a personally individualized supplement program depending on results of cardiac evaluation. • Use Acupuncture to reduce autonomic nervous system stress and increase blood flow. Dr. Edward Scarlett is an expert in multiple Acupuncture and Body Work techniques. He has studied biological and functional medicine in the U.S. and Germany. Dr. Scarlett is certified in injection therapy as well, and utilizes nutrition, detoxification, along with Electoral Dermal Screening of the body and advanced lab screenings to customize a program for each patient. For information visit www.Aliveandwellacupuncture. com. email:firstname.lastname@example.org or call 561-272-7816.