An interesting study came out of the Journal of the American Medical Association this week regarding heart disease, hospital visits, and risk for death. Sounds a bit intense, right? Well, the reality of the situation is that it is incredibly intense, the scariest part of the research being that there is no clear understanding or answer to the findings.


According to the study, among a large group of people admitted to the hospital for their first heart attack, those who had traditional risk factors were less likely to die of the heart attack than those who arrived at the hospital without any of them.


Traditional Heart Disease Risk Factors

These include high blood pressure, bad blood lipids, diabetes, obesity, smoking, and drinking, poor diet, and high stress, poor exercise routine and family history of cardiovascular diseases. The irony within these risk factors is that many of them can be completely prevented with exercise, proper diet, and some help from arginine supplements such as Cardio Juvenate.


The Heart Study

Researchers found that out of 500,000 patients, those with high risk factors for heart disease were less likely to die from their first heart attack than those who did not show risk factors. However, the reasons behind this discrepancy are unknown. One theory could be because those who are in the high risk categories for heart disease are already on medications such as aspirin, statins or beta blockers which could reduce their risk for death should a heart attack occur.


Another possibility, as pointed out by the LA Times, is that those who did not show risk factors for heart disease were “less likely to quickly receive the right kind of medications or procedures such as angiograms and bypass surgery within the first 24 hours.”


The First 24 Hours

For an individual who is having a heart attack, stroke, or any other cardiovascular attack, the first few hours are crucial to a positive recovery. If proper treatment such as an angiogram or bypass surgery is performed within the first few hours of the attack, the odds of surviving are extremely high. However, as this recent research has again proved, if an accurate diagnosis and treatment is not made within the first 24 hours of cardiac arrest, the odds of surviving are incredibly low.


Why is it so crucial to get treatment within the first few hours of a heart attack? According to, with rapid and aggressive medical treatment, the blocked artery can usually be opened quickly, thus preserving most of the heart muscle that is at risk of dying. If treatment is given within three or four hours, much of the permanent muscle damage can be avoided. But if treatment is delayed beyond five or six hours, the amount of heart muscle that can be saved drops off significantly. After about 12 hours, the damage is usually irreversible.


The Obesity Paradox

The final reason that is stated in the article for the possible discrepancy in numbers could be something called the ‘obesity paradox.’ (See also the Arginine Paradox posted a few days ago). According the MedScape, the ‘obesity paradox’ is where individuals who are obese, who inherently have a higher risk for many cardiovascular diseases, actually live longer with these diseases then their ‘normal-weight counterparts.’ For example, someone who is overweight and living with congestive heart failure will statistically live longer than a ‘skinny’ individual with the same disease.


What’s the moral of this story? No matter your weight, your family history, or your lifestyle, it’s imperative that you take care of your heart. Whether you fall into the well recognized, well documented risk categories for heart disease, or you fall into the ‘obesity paradox’ category, talk to us about a heart healthy supplement with arginine that can make a great addition to your diet and lifestyle. Learn about the benefits of Cardio Juvenate here: