Heart disease in the United States is an area of growing concern. It is connected directly to the stresses of modern living, and more young people are suffering heart attacks than ever before. What we eat, whether we exercise, if we worry too much, and if we get enough sleep all have an effect.
The state of our cardiac health is connected to many risk factors. One of those being fibromyalgia, an inflammatory condition that effects around 3 million people worldwide. The Mayo Clinic refers to it as a musculoskeletal pain that’s accompanied by fatigue and is thought to be caused by how our brains process pain signals.
Researchers in Taiwan now report that the usage of acupuncture can reduce heart disease risks for those who suffer from this inflammatory illness.
In an article published in Arthritis Research & Therapy Journal, researchers analysed data from the Taiwanese National Health Insurance Research Database to conduct a cohort study on the efficacy of acupuncture on the cardiac health of fibromyalgia sufferers.
They studied patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2010. One group received acupuncture from the date of their fibromyalgia diagnosis and one from a group who did not receive acupuncture.
The researchers found that those in the acupuncture group experienced a “significantly lower” rate of coronary heart disease (CHD) incidence. 4389 patients in the acupuncture cohort and 8133 patients in the no-acupuncture cohort developed CHD.
They concluded that acupuncture “significantly decreased the risk of CHD [coronary heart disease] in patients with fibromyalgia with or without comorbidities.”
Around 610 MILLION Americans die of heart disease every year. That’s 1 in every 4 deaths according to the Centers for Disease Control. Numbers that high are troubling, yet they don’t have to be: there are many ways heart disease can be prevented through early treatment, attention to diet and other lifestyle factors.
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