“Due to the complex nature of the cardiovascular system, Heart Disease & Hypertension: Vitamin Therapy for a Healthy Heart dives slightly deeper into medical terminology than…previous book(s),” Bryant Lusk writes at the beginning of the aforementioned, titular read. “The more you understand the causes of heart disease, the more you will appreciate the power you have to prevent or reverse it.” It’s a fitting opening to the book’s presentation of its topical contents. Lusk is able to communicate the concepts clearly and concisely, without any sense of incongruence or lack of simple and effective factual chronologies.
“It is essential to form a basic understanding of a few terms that you may be unfamiliar with, such as endothelium, vascular smooth muscle, and vasodilation,” he states. “These and other critical components are part of your coronary arteries and their internal processes. Don’t concern yourself with these ‘odd’ sounding terms just yet…(but) as you begin to understand their roles, the solutions that follow will make sense…Subsequent chapters…focus on the best nutrients and their sources to prevent or lessen common causes of heart disease.
You will discover numerous peer-reviewed studies in which participants drastically reduced their risk for developing heart disease or reversed it to some extent. More importantly, they achieved these remarkable results by ingesting ordinary food, drinks, or supplements that are readily available at local grocery stores and vitamin retailers.”
By making things so succinct and obvious, Lusk is able to drive home a chillingly relevant point concerning the affair. The public, specifically the American public at that, is painfully and *dangerously* unaware of the basic ins and outs of consistent, all-encompassing heart health methodologies and concepts. This adds a sense of grimness and an almost melancholic touch to the presentation of the conditions and concepts themselves. What Lusk writes about is something that should be acted upon as a common knowledge, like looking both ways before crossing the street.
“Most of us are aware that blood flows through arteries and veins, otherwise known as blood vessels. The most common form of heart disease stems from partially obstructed coronary arteries, which overwork or starve the heart of oxygen and other vital substances,” Lusk writes in this vein. “This condition is called coronary artery disease (CAD). As CAD progresses, heart muscle tissue can be permanently injured or even die. An obstruction develops when plaque builds up inside the arteries, narrowing the passageway, forcing the heart to work much harder. This additional force also increases blood pressure, causing hypertension.”
He adds, “Slowly make a fist, narrowing the passageway as you breathe. As the passageway narrows, notice the increase in pressure you must exert to push and pull the air through. Remove your hand. Decreasing the size of the hole simulates plaque building up inside of arteries. The heart must exert a similar level of additional pressure to push blood through constricted (narrowed) arteries each day without rest.”
Jennifer Munoz, posted by Garth Thomas