The Daily Echo: What causes Heart Disease with Peter Attia: October 4, 2023

October 4, 2023

Become a member to watch this full episode: See episode show notes here: Sign up to receive Peter’s email newsletter: — In this “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) episode, Peter dives deep into the topic of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD)—the number one killer in the developed world. Peter argues for the importance of paying attention to and understanding ASCVD given its ubiquity and inevitability. He goes into great detail about the development of atherosclerosis and how it can take hold at a very early age, the role of cholesterol, and the causal factors of ASCVD that determine prevention strategies. Additionally, he discusses the important metrics and biomarkers found in blood work, as well as diagnostic tests such as coronary artery calcium scores (CAC) and CT angiograms which help to determine the level of arterial damage present. Finally, Peter lays out the keys to understanding and interpreting calcium scores before wrapping up the conversation with his key takeaways regarding prevention. In this sneak peek, we discuss: 00:00 – Intro 00:10 – The importance of understanding atherosclerosis early in life 07:52 – Defining atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), its causes, and the role of cholesterol In the full episode, we also discuss: -The process of developing ASCVD, part 1 -The process of developing ASCVD, part 2 -The process of developing ASCVD, part 3 -How early in life ASCVD can start to develop -Case studies of atherosclerosis and figures showing real pathology -Coronary artery lesions present in autopsies of different age groups -The causal factors of ASCVD that determine prevention strategies -Labs to identify biomarkers of ASCVD -Diagnostic tests to determine the level of arterial damage present—CAC, CTA, CIMT, and more -Calcium scores: keys to understanding and interpreting a CAC score and/or CTA results -Is there a risk from cholesterol levels being too low? -Key takeaways regarding prevention -More. ——– About: The Peter Attia Drive is a weekly, ultra-deep-dive podcast focusing on maximizing health, longevity, critical thinking…and a few other things. With over 40 million episodes downloaded, it features topics including fasting, ketosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, mental health, and much more. Peter is a physician focusing on the applied science of longevity. His practice deals extensively with nutritional interventions, exercise physiology, sleep physiology, emotional and mental health, and pharmacology to increase lifespan (delay the onset of chronic disease), while simultaneously improving healthspan (quality of life). Learn more: Connect with Peter on: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Subscribe to The Drive: Apple Podcast: Overcast: Spotify: Google Podcasts:

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