Transcript: China Study on Sudden Cardiac Death
What exactly do they mean by sudden cardiac death? It's defined as the sudden, unexpected natural death from a cardiac cause a short time (generally < an hour) after the onset of symptoms in a person without any known previous condition.
Most know the number one killer of both men and women in the United States is heart disease. What people may not know, though, is that according to the American Heart Association, for the majority of Americans that die of heart disease, their first symptom occurs not years before they die, but literally minutes before they die. In our last hour on this Earth, in agony, all the dietary change in the world isn’t going to reverse our course. Even if the paramedics snatch our milkshake away, refusing to stop at our favorite fast food joint en route to the hospital it’s too late. One moment we're talking with our family, and less than an hour later we could be gone forever.
The number one cause of death in America is not just heart disease, but more specifically sudden cardiac death. People dropping dead in their 30s 40s 50s
Is that just what happens when you get old, though? Your ticker just konks out? The pump just wears out.
That’s why Dr. T. Colin Campbell's work was so revolutionary. In fact he’s the reason I chose Cornell. At the same time Ornish was studying what affect a plant-based diet was having on hundreds of people, Campbell and colleagues were studying hundreds of thousands. Here's just one of the 894 pages of the Oxford-Cornell-China study. Let me share just one statistic. Gway-joe county, in China, where, among a population of 246,000 men, over three years, there was not a single recorded death from coronary artery disease. If that was in the U.S. , that many men, it would be thousands of recorded deaths. Instead there were none.
So when Dr. Esselstyn talks about how most heart disease is a "toothless paper tiger that need never exist and if it does exist need never progress,” he’s not exaggerating. Nobody else has to die. Plant-based diets can prevent, successfully treat, and even reverse our number one killer.