Monday, February 11

Preventing Heart Attacks

Heart disease, the "silent killer", is the leading cause of death, and kills more than all cancers comined. Risk factors include high cholesterol and high blood pressure. There are two primary causes of heart attacks: sugar and fat. Too much fat in the bloodstream leads to plaque buildup in the arteries. This process involves inflamation and blistering in the arterial wall and the development of a scab which eventually bursts and causes a blockage. The location of the burst will determine whether it is a heart attack or stroke. The key is to reduce inflammation and the taking of a daily aspirin is helpful. These are other helpful things to do to prevent heart attacks: quit smoking, regular exercise, release for stress (physical, spiritual, social activities), and cut out all sugars from your diet.

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