Coronary heart disease - Rod Jackson

Date Published: 
Monday, July 3, 2017

Rod Jackson talks about “where have all the heart attacks gone”. Rod is a professor of epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the School of Population Health, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland. 



  • Current coronary heart disease trends in New Zealand 
  • Contributing factors for trends (coronary death rates down but obesity levels up) 
  • Confusion around fads, such as 'high fat, low carbs is good' 
  • Risk factors for coronary heart disease
  • Why the main driver for lower death rate trend is diet.


Take home messages 

  • Death rates from heart disease have plumeted by 90% since 1967.  
  • The major determinant in the drop in heart disease in NZ since 1976 is the reduction in consumption of saturated fats (butter, fatty meat).
  • Simple diet messages that addresses obesity AND heart health:
    • There are good and bad fats. Replace the bad (saturated) with the good (mono and poly-unsaturated).
    • There are good and bad carbs. Replace the bad (sugars through processed juice etc,) with the good (actual fruit and veges).




Prof. Rod Jackson

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