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March 5, 1959

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AHA and NHLBI control heart disease conversation through the 50's.






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In 1959, they jointly reported “to the nation” on “A Decade of Progress against Cardiovascular Disease.”

Dr Wilkins, Dr. Sprague, friends, since 1950, a number of new drugs have come lnto use for the treatment of high blood pressure and, considered together, they represent one of the great advances of medical science durIng the perlod of our report. These drugs have changed not only our treatment of hypertension, but also our concepts of the nature of this disease. Except In a few rarer forms. the cause of hlgh blood pressure is unknown. None of the new drugs used ln treatment, therefore, was designed to get at the cause. Rather, they were designed primarily to relieve the result; namely, the elevation of blood pressure, whatever its cause might be. However, the actlon of these drugs in lowering blood pressure has provlded new information on the nature of hypertension and has brought us closer to a true concept of the cause or causes of this condttion.

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The American Heart Association promotes LDL-C as the best biomarker to predict heart disease and prefers low saturated fat diets to reduce it. However, they are possibly biased by the Seed Oil Industry.
Big Vegetable Oil
The Vegetable Oil industry is huge and has been growing since the late 19th century. They likely dictate dietary advice to eat highly linoleic diets, while genetically modifying seeds to contain less LA due to health dangers.
Heart Disease
Heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, refers to a range of conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels. It is a broad term that encompasses various conditions, including coronary artery disease, heart failure, arrhythmias, and valvular heart diseases, among others. Heart disease is a leading cause of death worldwide.
Diet-Heart Hypothesis
The diet-heart hypothesis, also known as the lipid hypothesis, proposes that there is a direct relationship between dietary fat intake, particularly saturated fat and cholesterol, and the development of heart disease. It suggests that consuming high amounts of these fats leads to an increase in blood cholesterol levels, specifically low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, which in turn contributes to the formation of atherosclerotic plaques in the arteries. Some consider this hypothesis nothing more than wishful thinking.
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