November 01, 2021
Did you know that heart diseases are the leading cause of death for men and women from all racial and ethnic groups across the United States? Digging in a little bit, every 36 seconds a person dies due to some cardiovascular disease. Every year, a staggering 659,000 people die from heart diseases. According to a report from the American Heart Association, $363 billion was spent from 2016 to 2017 for heart disease-related expenses.
Did you know you can reduce the chances and even prevent yourself from having heart disease? We will guide you through some common heart problems and how you can put a little bit of effort and prevent a serious attack on your heart. Stay tuned…
Some of the most common heart diseases that you should know of are:
Of these diseases, coronary artery disease is the most lethal one taking the lives of over 360,000 people each year. Surprisingly, death from heart disease can occur at any age and sometimes without any symptoms. Some of the common symptoms of heart diseases are:
In this article, we will focus on the most common etiology of death from heart disease – coronary artery disease (CAD) and its prevention.
Coronary artery disease refers to a condition in which a major blood vessel to your heart becomes damaged or diseased. There could be several reasons for the coronary artery damage but cholesterol-related damage and inflammation is the most common cause. Excess cholesterol tends to deposit on the walls of arteries, especially if you are sedentary most of the time. These deposits of cholesterol are called plaques and this damage to the artery is called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis eventually increases over time increasing your chance of getting coronary artery disease.
If this atherosclerotic plaque blocks a major artery you can get a heart attack, and this becomes a leading reason for deaths each year. As you may know, cholesterol levels are proportionate to your diet and physical activity. Eating fatty, processed food and lack of activity can increase the bad cholesterol in your blood eventually leading to coronary artery disease.
On the flip side, living a healthy active life while enjoying whole foods can lower your chances of getting any heart disease.
Prevention of Heart Disease
There are several ways you can keep your heart in a healthy state. Most of these tips generally come under the ‘healthy-life style’ tag; however, some of these tips are recently shown to provide significant preventive management of heart disease, especially the coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis.
Some foods are especially rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients and are related to lowering down the occurrence of heart disease. We will discuss some of these beneficial add-ons now.
Heart diseases can be debilitating for people and their loved ones. Prompt intervention in the early disease process can significantly lower the risks of disease progression and fatality. Incorporating a healthy lifestyle will not only prevent heart diseases, it will also make your heart stronger and sustainable.
If you have any symptoms like angina, shortness of breath, dizziness, and/or confusion you should contact your doctor immediately and get the adequate treatment you need.
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