“The 52-year-old president of the American Heart Association suffered a heart attack during the organization's annual conference on November 12.
It came hours after he delivered his keynote speech on Sunday afternoon about preventing heart attacks in older people, sharing that all the men suffered heart conditions in their 60s.
Warner was taken to a local hospital near the conference, where doctors inserted a stent to open a clogged artery - a common move that Warner performs often himself, but one that was brought into question by a recent study which found the operation carries more risks than benefits.”
— News from Daily Mail
Nancy Brown, chief executive of the American Heart Association (AHA), said in a statement that Warner was recovering and hoped the incident would remind everyone of the importance of the heart.
How come John Warner has heart disease?
At present, experts cannot specify the cause of his heart disease. As AHA president, John Warner must know how to live a healthy life. Thus some may relate his disease to his family history.
In fact, it is the high-carbon, low-fat diet AHA recommends to the public that is in dispute. Few experts found it not good for the heart. Instead, it may make heart diseases worse. And a diet low in carbon is the right diet for people with heart disease.
Many researchers have found that Frenchmen eat a lot of saturated fat and the incidence of heart disease in France is very low. What’s more, in Switzerland, due to the advice from Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, diets low in carbon and high in fat are highly recommended across the whole country. About a quarter of Swedes are followers of this type of diet. Butter in Switzerland is often out of stock, for it’s the most common ingredient in the diet. As people in the world get fatter and fatter, Swedes are getting thinner and the incidence of heart disease is significantly lower compared with that in other countries.
In current medical theories, when it comes to saturated fat, many experts believe that it can lead to an increase in cholesterol, which causes blood clots and cardiovascular disease. However, more and more studies have found that saturated fat has nothing to do with cardiovascular disease.
A research supported by National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) concludes that in postmenopausal women with relatively low total fat intake, a greater saturated fat intake is associated with less progression of coronary atherosclerosis, whereas carbohydrate intake is associated with a greater progression. In other word, among the elderly women with heart disease, the more saturated fat they eat, the less likely they are to have a heart attack, and the more carbohydrates they eat, such as rice and flour, the more likely the condition of their heart is to become worse.
Usually people think that fat brings the heart extra burden, making heart disease more serious. On the contrary, many studies have found that the intake of saturated fat helps to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. At least there is no evidence that saturated fat increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.