Reasons Why We Die of Heart Disease

Reasons Why We Die of Heart Disease

According to the US Surgeon General, heart attacks and strokes are highly preventable. In fact, seven of ten Americans who die each year, die of a preventable chronic disease such as heart disease and diabetes [1]. A former US Surgeon General, David Satcher, said, “Currently, 95 percent of the health care dollars in the US are spent on treating disease, with relatively little attention paid to preventing disease, which should be a national priority [2].”

Here are seven reasons why we die of heart disease7 reasons why we die of heart disease

We Smoke

The risk of dying of a heart attack is four times higher in people who smoke than in those who don’t smoke. Many of us are under the impression that the major danger from smoking is cancer but that’s not quite true; smoking is the major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and cardiovascular disease. In fact, about 40 percent of deaths caused by cardiovascular disease are due to smoking.

We Don’t Walk

Over the past 50 years, health professionals have examined the association between physical activity and the risk for heart disease. The findings consistently reveal that people who are physically active have half the risk for heart attacks than people who are not active. Those studies show also that at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, such as brisk walking, on most days of the week, is sufficient to reduce the risk of heart attack [3].

We Eat Too Much Saturated Fat

There’s a reason why health authorities advice us to limit the consumption of saturated fat:

  • Saturated fat is the most rigid of all fats and is solid at room temperature. Solid fats are hard to dissolve and can easily get stuck in your arteries.
  • When you eat too much saturated fat, your liver keeps producing cholesterol and you end up with much more cholesterol than you need.

Limit saturated fat consumption to less than 10 percent of the total calories ingested per day.

We Ingest Too Many Foods Containing Hydrogenated Oils or Trans Fats

Hydrogenated oils or trans fats as they are usually called, are produced artificially by injecting molecules of hydrogen in vegetable oils, a process called hydrogenation. Through this process, the oil, which is liquid at room temperature, changes its original form and becomes solid. In other words, it becomes saturated fat. In addition, the unnatural shapes of trans fats cause our cells to become malformed and to malfunction. And that includes the cells of the heart and the arteries.

Read the food label and avoid products which contain trans fats or hydrogenated fats.

We Don’t Eat Enough Fruits and Vegetables

We know that people who consume plant foods regularly have a lower incidence of heart disease than those who don’t include them in their diet.

Fruits and vegetables contain phytochemicals, non-nutritive chemicals found in plant foods that protect their host plants from infections and microbial invasions. However, phytochemicals are also crucial in protecting humans against many diseases, including heart disease.

Limit saturated fat consumption to less than 10 percent of the total calories ingested per day.

We Ingest Too Many Foods Containing Hydrogenated Oils or Trans Fats

Hydrogenated oils or trans fats as they are usually called, are produced artificially by injecting molecules of hydrogen in vegetable oils, a process called hydrogenation. Through this process, the oil, which is liquid at room temperature, changes its original form and becomes solid. In other words, it becomes saturated fat. In addition, the unnatural shapes of trans fats cause our cells to become malformed and to malfunction. And that includes the cells of the heart and the arteries.

Read the food label and avoid products which contain trans fats or hydrogenated fats.

We Don’t Eat Enough Fruits and Vegetables

We know that people who consume plant foods regularly have a lower incidence of heart disease than those who don’t include them in their diet.

Fruits and vegetables contain phytochemicals, non-nutritive chemicals found in plant foods that protect their host plants from infections and microbial invasions. However, phytochemicals are also crucial in protecting humans against many diseases, including heart disease.

We Have Too Much Stress

Eighty percent of the population suffers from some kind of symptoms caused by stress which many times end up in illnesses such as high blood pressure—a risk factor for heart attack.

One of the reasons why you succumb to disease easily is because tension reduces your capacity to adapt to today’s changing environment.

And the 7th reason why we die of heart disease is…….

We Drink too Much Alcohol

Avoid high alcohol consumption. 5 to 7 percent of the hypertension we see in people is due to high alcohol intake. The Health World Organization estimates that almost 2/3 of strokes and 50 percent of heart attacks are caused by high blood pressure.

References:

10 Things Every Woman Should Know About Heart Disease

Under Pressure High blood pressure can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. A higher percentage of women have high blood pressure after age 55 than do men.

Watch Your Waistline Being overweight, especially around the waistline, increases your risk of high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Keep Moving Lack of exercise increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. Aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week.

Keep Cholesterol in Check The higher your LDL cholesterol level, the greater your risk of coronary heart disease.

Manage Diabetes Diabetes increases your risk of heart disease.

Butt Out Smoking increases your risk to coronary heart disease.

What’s Up Doc? Be sure to visit your doctor for a check-up annually.

Age Gracefully As women grow older, their risks of heart disease and stroke begin to increase and continues to increase with age.

What to Watch The most significant symptom of heart attack is pain or pressure in the chest. However, the warning signals of heart attack can be different for women than for men. Often, women also experience shortness of breath, fatigue, anxiety, nausea or vomiting, and back or jaw pain.

You’re Not Immune Heart disease affects women of all ages, races and economic levels. It can happen to you!

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6 thoughts on “Reasons Why We Die of Heart Disease

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  2. With the exception of one (alcohol), I lived 50 years doing or not doing ALL the harmful things above; after recently going through a valve replacement and double bypass (oddly enough caused by treatment for Hodgkins Disease 25 years ag0), I commend you for trying to “cover all the bases” and get this very important information out there. Thanks for your post.

  3. My dad died at 62 of this disease. He struggled the last 25 years taking pills and sufferd a few heart attacks/stents.
    My dad was a kean footballer in his day played semi-pro and also played cricket for a local club. He didnt smoke and rarely touched alcohol. After his heart attacks he didnt touch alcohol at all. His diet wasnt the best but after being about a healthy balanced diet he soon masterd that.he then developed diabetes which also had to be managed. Bit later on in life his chest pain worsened n he was told he needed a double by pass in 2007. This went sucessful but he never felt like it had worked he had a tight chest constantly n pressure.
    Eventually my dad had a stroke in 2010 causing him to lose his memorie and vision in 1 eye. He had to give up driving and needed care by me everyday. He lost his short term memorie for a couple of months but slowly got better.
    Few months after that he lost circulation in his foot and there was blocked blood flow! He had an op on his leg to determine blocjed arteries n needed an op to try save his leg or itcwould need aputating. He was sent home till he could get an appointment with a surgeon.
    Unfortunatly my dad never managed to have this operation and sadly passed away in 2011.
    I cant stress how horrible this disease is and diabetes! It cintrolled my dads life for a number of years.. I think people should understsnd how serious it can be. Thanks xx

    • I also like to say after his stroke doctors sent him home unaware he had had one after doung a scan! Which is appaling. My dad went missing and i searched for him everywhere all day till i rang the hospital and he was there. He was found over 20 miles from his home unaware of where he was going and what he was doing. Sitting on the side of the road with no petrol where he was found by the police.

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