Dr. Scherwitz explains if just one, high-fat meal can kill a woman with heart disease.
If a woman has heart disease, one high-fat meal can kill her. Before we knew that heart disease was causing people to die suddenly, this was in 1912 that Herrick discovered this, when people died suddenly they called it acute indigestion and the reason they called it acute indigestion is that often when they did autopsies of people who died suddenly they would find their gut full of high-fat meal.
So, it can sludge the arteries, it can cause basal constriction and it can cause clotting. So one high-fat meal has been known to kill a heart patient who has already has compromised circulation.
About Dr. Scherwitz, Ph.D.:
Larry W. Scherwitz, PhD, is a leader in the field of behavioral medicine research with 25 years experience in developing and testing approaches to managing chronic disease with lifestyle changes. Dr. Scherwitz has been on the faculty of various medical institutions including Baylor College of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco, California Pacific Medical Center, and the Preventive Medicine Research Institute. He worked at the research director with Dr. Dean Ornish to demonstrate that it is possible to reverse coronary heart disease with lifestyle changes including diet, exercise, stress management and social support. Dr. Scherwitz’ is often a keynote speaker at conferences and has published his research discoveries in an array of prestigious medical journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, The Lancet, and Psychosomatic Medicine. Presently, Larry and his wife Deborah Kesten, MPH have a coaching practice to help clients lose weight as well as prevent, halt, and reverse heart disease. Larry also consults with clients to help them design studies to evaluate the efficacy of complementary and alternative practices.