Understanding how heart attacks truly happen has been a crucial and critical pursuit over the last five decades. The steadfast belief in the coronary artery theory has cost our nation billions of dollars in unnecessary surgical costs, billions in medications that cause as much harm as allow for any positive benefits, and, most seriously, has led many to adopt a low-fat diet, which only worsens the problem.
My husband Scott's birthday is today and I am so grateful of another healthy year together! (Photo: Dr. Corinne Weaver)
Scott lost his dad to a heart attack when he was 18. Scott had just finished his high school year and was headed to UNC-Chapel Hill, where his dad went to college. But on August 4, 1997 his dad died, and my husband was the one who found him in the kitchen. Scott's personal relationship with the Lord had been growing the last couple years in high school because he had met me in 11th grade and I took him to a Christian camp. I can remember Scott saying "I Praise the Lord" during his dad's funeral—not an easy thing to do under the circumstances. But God had been preparing his heart, and many have come to know Christ through my husband's testimony of faith.
Because we never know when our loved ones will leave this earth, I pray that everyone's relationship is currently right with their loved ones and with God.
During the winter season, we have all heard the stories of a neighbor, family member or friend that goes out to shovel snow and BOOM—heart attack! Well, here's what leading experts are saying about how heart attacks happen and what you can do to prevent them.
Conventional "wisdom" has long blamed cholesterol and other forms of arterial plaques as the main reason behind both heart attack and stroke. But according to Dr. Thomas Cowan, MD, although this theory has been disproven it has yet to become fully denounced throughout expert communities worldwide.
Understanding how heart attacks truly happen has been a crucial and critical pursuit over the last five decades. The steadfast belief in the coronary artery theory has cost our nation billions of dollars in unnecessary surgical costs, billions in medications that cause as much harm as allow for any positive benefits, and, most seriously, has led many to adopt a low-fat diet, which only worsens the problem.1
One common tenet that Dr. Cowan comes back to over-and-over again is how heart disease is a true manifestation of the stresses of modern civilized life. If we are going to overcome this epidemic of heart disease, which has continued to be the leading cause of death in the USA, a new medical paradigm is needed.2 A new economic system and even a new ecological consciousness are sorely needed—in fact, an entirely new way of life is a requirement. The coronary theory misses all of this, just as it misinterprets the actual pathological events.1
The conventional theory of heart attack says plaques, thought to be composed of cholesterol, build up in the arterial wall and eventually cut off blood supply to certain areas of the heart. The resulting oxygen deficiency in the area causes angina/pain and then progresses further to ischemia or pathological cellular death.
It was thought that the "easiest" solution was to unblock the stenosis or blockage by either angioplasty or implantation of a stent. If neither of the first two options where available, then coronary artery bypass was the third and final available option.
Dr. Cowan came across two major issues with this approach and theory. First, he listened to a presenter at the cardiology conference of northern California detail his residency experiment findings. In Alabama, among African-American males, angiograms where conducted on all men presenting with chest pain. For those men that had a single artery blocked, no interventions were done.
Researchers did, however, note which portion of the heart would likely suffer a future heart attack if one were to occur. They predicted it would be in the part of the heart supplied by that particular coronary artery. As time went on, eventually many of these men returned after having their initial heart attacks. Much to the surprise of the experts, less than 10% had a heart attack in the area of the heart supplied specifically by the originally blocked artery. The take home note here is that, had the researchers insisted doctors perform the usual angioplasty, stent, or bypass on that blocked artery, the patient would have received NO BENEFIT AT ALL.
The second mind-changing event for Dr. Cowan was the 2003 publication of a large study conducted by the Mayo Clinic on the efficacy of bypass surgeries, stents and angioplasty.3 Conclusions from this research revealed that bypass surgery does relieve symptoms of heart attack/chest pain; that bypass surgery does not prevent further heart attacks; and that only high-risk patients benefit from bypass surgery with regard to a better chance of survival. In other words, the gold standard for treating arterial blockages provides at best only minimal benefits.1 (Photo: Public Domain)
In truth, the view that the four coronary arteries supply all of blood to the heart is completely wrong. Starting shortly after humans are born, the normal heart develops an extensive network of small blood vessels called collateral vessels that eventually compensate for the interruption of flow in any one, or more, of the major vessels.1
Currently, most of the bypasses, stents and angioplasties are performed on minimally symptomatic patients who show a greater than 90% blockage in one or more coronary arteries. These arteries are almost always fully collateralized; it is not the surgery that restores blood flow, because the body has already done its own bypass.
A final note to ponder is this: if tests showed that you had a major coronary artery with 90% blockage, thus leaving you with only 10% flow "squeezing through the exit lane," how could you still possibly be alive if you did not already have collateral blood vessels? Are we really to believe that the decisive thing that will cause the eventual heart attack is when the stenosis (blockage) goes from 93% to 98%? 1
This is an insignificant difference, and the thoughts/theories that suppose this to be a cause of heart attack does not make much SENSE.
So what can you do? Well, as we have been recommending for many years, annual or semi-annual blood tests can catch problems before they become full blown. There are a cornucopia of tests that can adequately assess heart stresses, heart muscle failure and even signs of stress on non-cardiac organs. Contact our office for further details because it is never too early in life to work toward preventing heart attacks.
I hope my column speaks to you and you can wake up each morning with a purpose. What I do every day is a calling, and I give God the glory for allowing his gifts to work through me. I do believe in miracles, because I get to see them every day! If you would like to contact me with your health concerns email me directly at Dr@drcorinneweaver.com. For more information you can go to www.DrCorinneWeaver.com.
1. Cowan Thomas S. What's the Real Cause of Heart Attacks? Dec. 17, 2014.
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health United States, 2015; Table 19, Leading Causes of Death in 2014.
3. Rihal CS, et al: "Indications for coronary artery bypass surgery and percutaneous coronary intervention in clinic stable angina." Circulation, 2003.
Dr. Corinne Weaver is a compassionate upper cervical chiropractor, educator, motivational speaker, mother of three, and internationally bestselling author. In 2004, she founded the Upper Cervical Wellness Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina. Over the last 13 years, she has helped thousands of clients restore their brain to-body function. When she was 10 years old, she lost her own health as the result of a bike accident that led to having asthma and allergy issues that she thought she would always have to endure. Then, after her first upper cervical adjustment at age 21, her health began to improve thanks to upper cervical care and natural herbal remedies. This enabled her to create a drug-free wellness lifestyle for herself and her family, and she also enthusiastically discovered her calling to help children heal naturally.
Dr. Weaver was recently named one of Charlotte Magazine's "Top Doctors" in 2016 and is now a number-one internationally bestselling author to two books: Learning How to Breathe and No More Meds.
Upper Cervical Wellness Center is known for finding the root cause of health concerns through lifestyle changes, diagnostic testing, nutraceutical supplementation, and correction of subluxation (as opposed to just medicating the symptoms). The practice offers cutting-edge technological care at its state-of-the-art facility, including laser-aligned upper cervical X-rays, bioimpedance analysis (measures body composition), digital thermography (locates thermal abnormalities characterized by skin inflammation), and complete nutritional blood analysis, which is focused on disease prevention.