Cut Your Heart Health Risk 50–70% — Or More

Like every­one, I’m con­cerned about my risk of today’s num­ber one killer — car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease.

My dad suf­fered his first heart attack when he was still in his fifties and he died pre­ma­ture­ly at 72. So I have par­tic­u­lar rea­son to be con­cerned.

Sure, I like to wor­ry. But I’m also learn­ing that doing some­thing about my health is a lot bet­ter than wor­ry­ing.  And, for­tu­nate­ly, we know a lot about exer­cise and heart dis­ease, so there’s plen­ty I can do about it.

Ronald Lavine, DC running 5K

There are pow­er­ful tools avail­able that can reduce your risk of a heart attack or oth­er car­dio­vas­cu­lar prob­lem dra­mat­i­cal­ly – by 50–70% or even more.

A large research project stud­ied “exer­cise capac­i­ty” and over­all mor­tal­i­ty risk of thou­sands of vet­er­ans.

Exer­cise capac­i­ty means how much meta­bol­ic out­put your body can gen­er­ate when exer­cis­ing. If you’ve ever used a piece of exer­cise equip­ment at the gym, you know what I’m talk­ing about. Tread­mills, sta­tion­ary bikes, and ellip­ti­cal train­ers have a read­out that shows the num­ber of MET’s you’re putting out at any one moment.

The research study showed:

Those vet­er­ans with a meta­bol­ic equiv­a­lent (MET) capac­i­ty of more than 10 METs were in the high­est cat­e­go­ry of fit­ness – and were 70% less like­ly to suf­fer a seri­ous heart attack or stroke.  That’s more or less the equiv­a­lent of being able to run a mile in ten min­utes.

Even those who weren’t at the top of the heap – with MET capac­i­ty between 7 and 9, for instance – still enjoyed a dra­mat­ic health ben­e­fit.

The lead author, Dr. Peter Kokki­nos, says, “For a lit­tle bit of invest­ment you get a lot of a return. In a time where health insur­ance in this coun­try is going through the roof, we could do some­thing like walk for thir­ty min­utes a day and reap major ben­e­fits. For god’s sake, if we could walk on the moon we can cer­tain­ly walk on earth.”

So it’s pret­ty easy. Get your­self off your butt to improve your meta­bol­ic capac­i­ty. You can start just by walk­ing. Then improve your fit­ness more quick­ly by using my “45 Sec­onds to Fit­nessmethod.

And there are two more rea­sons why improv­ing your fit­ness offers such ben­e­fit:

1. It doesn’t mat­ter how old you are, what your car­diac health is to begin with, if you’re tak­ing med­ica­tion or not, if you’re black, white, or some oth­er shade, if you’re too fat or thin as a rail, or any­thing. The ben­e­fits of increased meta­bol­ic capac­i­ty are avail­able to every­one.

2. The dra­mat­ic ben­e­fits you’ll see from exer­cise are only the begin­ning. After all, no one in this study changed their diet one iota. If, in addi­tion to improv­ing your fit­ness, you also improve your diet you’ll get an even steep­er ben­e­fit.

Take action. Exer­cise. It mat­ters – prob­a­bly more than all the statin drugs and blood pres­sure pills in the world. Of course, don’t be an obliv­i­ous idiot – get checked out by your doc­tor, too. But don’t get dragged into the neg­a­tiv­i­ty and fear cycle when it comes to your poten­tial for car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease. There’s plen­ty you can do to take care of your­self.


About Ronald Lavine, D.C.

Dr. Lavine has more than thirty years' experience helping patients alleviate pain and restore health using diverse, scientifically-based manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and alignment methods.

His website,, provides more information about his approach.

Please contact him at or at 212-400-9663.

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