Coronary Heart Disease (or Coronary Artery Disease) is the number one killer of men and women in the US and other developed countries. Estimates for the year 2004 tell us that nearly 16 million people in the US have coronary heart disease involving…
Of these nearly half a million people die of CHD in the US every year.
That’s half a million people.
The sad fact about that statistic is many of these deaths could have been prevented. They could have been prevented because many of the underlying causes of coronary heart disease are controllable.
Every year US law makers pass laws to protect the American population from injury and death from a number of causes. It is the same in other countries. Yet hundreds of thousands of people die every year from a disease that is in many cases preventable.
Very simply coronary heart disease is a potentially life threatening condition resulting from the narrowing of the coronary arteries by the build up of fatty deposits known as plaque. The process of depositing plaque is called atherosclerosis.
The heart, like any other muscle, needs a constant supply of oxygen and nutrients. As the coronary arteries become increasingly clogged by plaque the heart becomes starved and unable to function properly.
Coronary heart disease, of course, makes the heart work harder. But the problem is much more serious than that. A number of other serious conditions can (and very often do) result including…
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The conditions listed above can be very serious. Therefore it is important for us to identify the factors that increase the risk of developing coronary heart disease. Avoiding some of these risk factors can in turn help us avoid the complications that stem from the development of coronary heart disease.
There are a number of risk factors that we can not change. These are…
Age is beyond our control. As long as we are alive we are going to age. Statistically 83% of people who die from complications of coronary heart disease are at least 65 years of age. However you will want to keep in mind that coronary heart disease develops over time. Take care of yourself early to avoid further complications later in life.
Men have a greater risk of heart disease than women. Men also tend to have heart attacks earlier in life than do women. A women’s risk of dying from heart related diseases increases after menopause. Even then the risk is higher for men.
Heredity is an important risk factor for coronary heart disease. If your parents suffer from heart disease you are more likely to develop it yourself. Certain racial groups are more likely than others to develop heart trouble. However this fact is not due purely to genetics.
Different ethnic groups have different habits. Some of these habits are linked to the development of coronary heart disease. Diet is a good example. Dietary habits of some groups can increase their likelihood of suffering from heart disease.
Blood pressure and diabetes are two other examples. Both of these conditions increase the likelihood of developing coronary heart disease. And both of these conditions can be influenced by us.
This fact, then, brings us to the next point. And listen to this point very carefully.
There are many risk factors of coronary heart disease that we CAN control.
Smoking has a huge influence on heart disease. Cigarette smokers have a 2 to 4 times greater likelihood for developing coronary heart disease than do non-smokers. Pipe and cigar smokers increase there likelihood for heart disease though the risk is not as high as it is for cigarette smokers.
Non-smokers who are exposed to second hand smoke are at increased risk for developing heart disease as well.
High cholesterol increases one’s risk of CHD. As one’s blood cholesterol levels rise so does the risk of suffering from conditions related to coronary heart disease.
High triglycerides also affect the development of CHD. Though medical science has talked about high cholesterol risks for some time, triglycerides were not identified as an independent risk factor. That is all changing. Increasingly high triglycerides are identified as an independent risk factor for developing CHD.
Physical inactivity is another major contributor to CHD. Exercise helps reduce some of the factors promoting coronary heart disease. For example moderate to vigorous exercise can help…
While exercising it is helpful to pay attention to your target heart rate. It helps guarantee that you are getting enough exercise.
The subject of exercise naturally takes us to a discussion on obesity.
Obesity contributes to overall likelihood of heart disease and stroke. The heavier you are the harder the heart has to work. Being overweight contributes to…
All of these factors promote the development of coronary heart disease.
High blood pressure has already been mentioned a couple of times. Hypertension increases the heart’s workload. Like any muscle the heart adapts by thickening the heart muscle mass. This in turn causes the heart muscle to become stiff and less flexible. The result is an increased risk of…
If you have high blood pressure along with other risk factors such as…
Your likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke is increased several times.
We simply must take coronary heart disease seriously. It is killing too many people. Though genetic influences do affect the development of CHD many other risk factors are in our control.
This is one area where we absolutely must take charge of our own condition.
If you have any of the controllable risk factors mentioned above then make every effort to control them. When possible use natural means to better your heart health.
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