Main Risk Factors of Heart Disease

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You should always keep in mind that any actions you can now help prevent, delay or minimize the effect of heart disease or for worse. The key is to control risk factors. Since you can not control every risk factor for heart disease such as family history but you can definitely do something about their behavior. Age and gender also influence your risk of heart disease.

Important risk factors of heart disease

Cholesterol: - Cholesterol is a type of a lipid, a soft, fatlike substance that serves as a fuel source. Excessive cholesterol can cause buildup of atherosclerotic plaque. The buildup of plaque in arteries can block blood flow and lead to a heart attack. LDL cholesterol, the "bad" cholesterol, is transported to sites throughout the body, where to repair cell membranes or hormones made. LDL cholesterol can accumulate on the walls of your arteries. HDL cholesterol, the "good" cholesterol, transports cholesterol to the liver, where it has altered and removed from the body.

Blood pressure: - The normal blood pressure level is defined as less than 130 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) for systolic blood pressure less than 85 mm Hg diastolic blood pressure. The higher the blood pressure, most likely take a toll on the heart and brain. Blood pressure should be checked whether their levels are high. For normal, check once every two years. For high-normal, check once a year. If it is extremely high, you should get immediate care. Then familiarize yourself with multiple measures if a high level is sustained over time.

Diabetes: - Another risk factor for heart disease is diabetes, a chronic disease of insulin deficiency or resistance. Type - 2 diabetes, the most common type is associated with obesity and can be prevented by maintaining ideal body weight through exercise and balanced nutrition.

Tips for controlling risk of heart disease

Stop smoking: - The effect of smoking on your lungs can cause almost every other ailment.

Active Get Active: - Routine physical activity is highly -
recommended and helpful in controlling obesity. Try 30 minutes of moderate physical activity daily. The brisk walking is one of the best way to prevent heart disease. If you can lose even a small amount of weight, five pounds for example, can have a positive effect on lipid levels and blood pressure preventing heart disease.

Limit alcohol consumption: - Limit daily intake of alcohol to three ounces or fewer to prevent heart disease. People who drink large amounts of alcohol (six to eight ounces a day) tend to have higher blood pressure.

Watch what you eat

• Eat five helpings of fruits and vegetables daily to prevent heart disease.
• Maintain adequate dietary potassium product, calcium and magnesium.
• Reduce saturated fats and cholesterol to stay away from heart disease.

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This article was published on 2010/12/02