Heart to <3

by paanii720 on September 10, 2012 - 11:01am

When you hear people talk about heart disease, what comes to mind? Most people automatically assume that the people that are associated with this disease or that have this disease are obese or of different race (primarily African-Americans). I feel that people don’t take into consideration that this disease can affect everyone. Heart disease can consist of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), a myocardial infarction (heart attack), Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib) and hypertension. There are many more diseases of the heart but these are what most people are diagnosed with. One main cause of these diseases is smoking. Smoking affects the heart by leaving plaque in the arteries of the heart thus inhibiting adequate blood flow to the heart. This causes the heart to work harder but not put out enough blood throughout the whole body (low cardiac out). Another cause for these diseases is fatty foods. America is famous for its fatty foods like hamburgers, hot dogs, fried chicken, etc. This has the same effect on our bodies as smoking. Some of these diseases are also hereditary that run in the family. Many people don’t realize these problems until it has happened to themselves or some of their loved ones.

What people need to realize is that this disease is the #1 cause of death in the United States!!! There are many steps that we can take as individuals to help prevent the epidemic this disease can cause. A healthy diet can help to lower the amount of cholesterol that is in your body. The food that you can eat doesn’t have to cost you any despair either. For instance, Honey-Nut Cheerios is a well-known cereal that a lot of people enjoy eating. That cereal is also well-known for lowering cholesterol. Exercising is another way that you can help lower you risk of Heart Disease. That does not mean you should do P90X every day! Doing things that you normally do, that involves movement, like walking or running, keep your heart in shape and help burn off that fat that can clog your arteries. As long as we keep things like these in the back of our minds, people will develop less heart problems.