Every 33 Seconds One

 American Dies of Some Form

 of Heart Disease or Stroke


The Cost of Heart Disease and Stroke in 1998 Cost the Nation $286.5 billion.  

The Scope of the Problem in the United States

Every 33 seconds, one American dies of some form of heart disease or of stroke. Every day, heart disease or stroke kills more than 2,600 Americans. And every year, these diseases claim the lives of 1.9 million men and women in this Nation—a number so high it could fill the Rose Bowl nearly 20 times, Arlington National Cemetery nearly 8 times, and one-third of the Pentagon’s 6.5 million square feet. That number is nearly twice the number of lives claimed by cancer or collectively by World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. That number can be reduced, not just by keeping people with heart disease alive longer, but by preventing heart disease in the first place.

Who lives with heart disease or the consequences of stroke in America?

58,800,000 Americans, or 1 in 5 men and women, have one or more types of heart disease or live with the devastating impact of stroke. One in three men can expect to develop heart disease or have a stroke before age 60. For women, the odds are l in 10, although more than half of all deaths due to heart disease each year occur among women, and heart disease is the number one cause of death among women in this country. Further, the rate of premature deaths due to heart disease or stroke is greater among blacks than among whites. Heart disease disables and kills and often can strike both women and men in the prime of their lives.

Atherosclerosis, heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, and hypertension are all conditions falling under the umbrella term of cardiovascular disease ("cardia" relates to the heart and "vascular" pertains to the vessels-the arteries, veins, and capillaries, which provide channels for the flow of blood). In 1990, almost one million Americans died from the major cardiovascular diseases (which collectively have the deadly distinction of being the number-one killer in America).


What States carry the highest death rates due to heart disease?

New York has the highest death rate due to heart disease of any other State, with 172.5 deaths per 100,000 compared to the Nation’s 131 deaths per 100,000.

  • Missouri ranks 4th with 155.7 deaths per 100,000;

  • Kentucky ranks 7th with 146.3 deaths per 100,000;

  • South Carolina ranks 10th with 142.4 deaths per 100,000. 

How big is the problem of stroke in the United States?

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. In 1996, it killed nearly 160,000 individuals—accounting for 7 percent of all deaths in the United States that year. With its devastating effects including partial or full paralysis, stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Here are some other facts you should know:

• In the United States, there are more than 4 million stroke survivors, most of whom are either moderately or severely impaired.

• Stroke accounts for more than half the patients hospitalized for acute neurological diseases.

• Stroke is a major factor in late-life dementia that affects more than 40 percent of Americans older than 80.

• The estimated combined cost of health care and lost productivity due to stroke in the United States was estimated at $45.3 billion during 1999 alone.

• The estimated lifetime cost of a mild stroke in an older individual is $100,000. The estimated lifetime cost of a severe stroke in a younger individual is $500,000.

• Stroke risk factors that can be changed or controlled include high blood pressure, diabetes, atrial fibrillation, smoking, high blood cholesterol, obesity, and physical inactivity.

Ultimely, 90% of Deaths To Stroke and Heart Disease are Preventable Deaths

We often describe death as untimely when it claims the lives of men, women, and children who die before their time on our highways, or from work-related injuries, overdoses, violent rampages, terrorist acts, or in war. Death from heart disease or stroke is often untimely...

...and often preventable.


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What Cardiovascular Disorders Are Helped With Enzyme Therapy?

According to past research, enzyme therapy can help many cardiovascular disorders, including the following conditions...

Angina pectoris

Angina pectoris



Coronary heart disease

Poor blood circulation

Degenerative inflammatory processes (both acute and chronic)

Eczema (as a result of a cardiovascular disorder)


Endarteritis Obliterans


High blood pressure

Intermittent Caudication

Occlusive arterial disease


Post-infarct healing process stimulation

Post-thrombotic syndrome

Raynaud's disease


Smoker's and diabetic circulatory diseases

Stroke prevention

Thromboangitis obliterans

      Varicose Ulcers


Swelling (edema)



Occlusive arterial disease


Enzyme therapy is used to treat those cardiovascular disorders that result from "sticky" blood and blood dots. (See the inset "Cardiovascular Disorders Helped With Enzyme Therapy" on page 166.) If you are to remain healthy, your blood must maintain a constant dynamic balance between its ability to remain liquid and free-flowing and its ability to form blood clots to keep you from bleeding to death in the event of an injury. If blood can't clot, tissues can't heal. But excessive bleeding can cause death. This is what can happen to people suffering from hemophilia because their blood lacks the ability to coagulate.

On the other hand, if your blood dots too easily, life threatening clots can form in your blood vessels, inhibiting circulation, and sometimes breaking free and causing heart attacks (when they reach the heart) or strokes (when they reach the brain). Cholesterol and other fatty materials may collect around the dotted deposits in the blood vessels. When this pathological condition develops, it is called hardening of the arteries or atherosclerosis.

It is critical to maintain a proper equilibrium between blood clotting and blood liquefaction. Unfortunately, a disturbance in this equilibrium is probably the most common source of illness and death in this country. In fact, one American dies every 33 seconds from cardiovascular disease, a condition that is largely preventable.

Every day, the body produces about two grams of fibrin the glue needed for coagulation. The body uses fibrin to seal wounds and to coat the internal walls of blood vessels. This coating protects the delicate vessel wall linings from damage by any passing particles and also smoothes any rough spots in the vessel walls. This assures an even, rather than a sporadic or disturbed, blood flow. The body constantly produces a steady supply of fibrin so it will have enough on hand in the event of an emergency (for instance, if you were to cut your finger).

For safety reasons, fibrin is present in the bloodstream in its inactive form, as fibrinogen. If a need arises, a series of reactions (triggered by enzymes) is put into play. First pro­thrombin (the precursor of the enzyme thrombin) is activated and changes to thrombin. Then the thrombin converts fibrinogen to fibrin, which forms a clot. When the clot is exposed to air, it dries out and forms a hard protective scab.

Fortunately, the body also has a protective mechanism to keep all of this fibrin from accumulating on the vessel walls (interrupting blood flow) or from being deposited in the wrong places. This "safety catch" is the enzyme plasmin (which exists in the blood as the proenzyme plasminogen). Plasmin dissolves clots through a process called fibrinolysis (the lysing or cutting of fibrin), and thus maintains blood flow equilibrium.

Even with all the built-in protective mechanisms, some­ times something goes wrong. Cardiovascular diseases occur when the blood becomes too sticky (thick blood is the most frequent accompanying symptom of fatal heart and vascular sys­ tem disorders). This sticky blood can occur from excessive fib­ rin production. But it can also occur if there is an error in plasmin activation and an insufficient amount of fibrin is broken down. This can lead to blood flow problems in the arteries and veins, as well as other areas of the body (including the tear duct and the mammary and salivary glands).

Unfortunately, as we age, our plasmin levels decrease. By the age of 60, we only possess a fraction of the plasmin we had when we were young. This means that blood flow is more sluggish, toxic debris remains in the vessels, and the vessels become narrower and harden, increasing the risk of a heart attack or stroke.


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Beginning Symptoms Of Heart Disease, Stroke and Cardiovascular Disease.

Symptoms of a cardiovascular disease will vary depending on the specific condition. However, some of the most frequent symptoms are high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, fatigue, and other effects of reduced circulation.

Is Enzyme Therapy The Answer?

Numerous studies have demonstrated that one of the best ways to dissolve large clots is with the help of enzymes. A number of enzymes are currently used (primarily in a hospital setting) as thrombolytic and fibrinolytic agents, including brinase (a protease from Aspergillus oryzae); streptokinase (from bacteria), and urokinase (from human urine). Recently, an Oregon man suffered a stroke and had no signs of brain activity. Treatment with the enzyme urokinase (administered directly into the area of the blood clot), was started nine hours after his stroke began (as a "last-ditch" effort). Not only did he regain consciousness, he also regained the ability to move his arms and legs (remember, stroke is one of the leading causes of adult disability). He subsequently went through six weeks of rehabilitation and is now home but is continuing physical and speech therapies.

Maintaining proper enzyme levels in the blood can also help prevent cardiovascular disease. Research has shown that proteolytic enzymes can improve circulatory imbalances and help normalize the fibrinolytic equilibrium. Proteolytic enzymes increase the fibrinolytic activity of the blood and therefore normalize the equilibrium between blood clotting and the break-up of blood clots. The result is that deposits of fibrin are dissolved. The edema, swelling, and the pathologic condition is reduced or eliminated. Proteolytic enzymes.

Cardiovascular Disorders improve the blood fluidity and, therefore, improve blood flow. This improvement in circulation improves the supply of nutrients to tissues. Proteolytic enzymes are also natural inhibitors of inflammation (which can occur in the vessels because of clot formation).

Systemic enzyme therapy is used as supportive care to improve circulation and reduce any pain, swelling, and inflammation. Enzymes stimulate the immune system, help speed tissue repair, bring nutrients to the damaged area, remove waste products, and improve health.

Digestive enzyme therapy is used to improve the digestion of food, reduce stress on the gastrointestinal mucosa, help maintain normal pH levels, detoxify the body, and pro­ mote the growth of healthy intestinal flora, thus relieving the stress on the body's own enzymes. Digestive enzymes also serve as replacements for the body's pancreatic enzymes, leaving the pancreatic enzymes free to perform other functions in the body, such as improving circulation.

A prolonged regular intake of enzyme supplement preparations with the main meals may have a beneficial effect on the function of the pancreas, according to Drs. Max Wolf and Karl Ransberger in their book Enzyme Therapy (LA: Regent House, 1972). Pancreatic enzymes can then be freed to reduce vascular inflammation.

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