Tuesday, February 19, 2013



Heart Disease or Cardiovascular Disease can be caused by :

The disruption of blood supply to the heart itself and the whole body due to the narrowing of arteries and blood vessels of the heart.  The plaque (cholesterol deposits) builds up in the arteries,  and causes the heart to work harder to pump the blood, this will also cause the liver to produce more cholesterol ( a fat-like substance in the body),  and if this cycle continues it will cause the arteries become less and less elastic, and contribute to hardening of the arteries, which is called atherosclerosis,  and also there will be blood clot in the arteries. The higher the force of blood pushing against the blood vessel walls the higher is the blood pressure, in this condition, if not treated timely, there is a risk of having heart attack or coronary artery disease and higher risk of having stroke. This is even more so if combined with high blood cholesterol levels, diabetes and smoking.

There are two types of hypertension:

Primary (essential) hypertension
This type of hypertension tends to develop gradually over many years in most adults, though no identifiable cause of high blood pressure. 
Secondary hypertension
This type of high blood pressure is caused by an underlying condition and can cause higher blood pressure than does primary hypertension.

Health problems such as diabetes or kidney disease, adrenal gland tumor and certain drugs or medications as well too much alcohol, salt consumption, older age and lack of physical activity can lead to secondary hypertension,

The ways to prevent heart disease

Prevention is better than cure, preventing heart disease also means that it will help prevent other diseases, such as heart, liver, kidney and colon diseases.  Here are the ways to prevent heart disease, but it require persistency as well as consistency.
·         High blood pressure may have no symptoms;  the best way to prevent it is have your blood pressure checked, and keep it under control if you already have.
·         Exercise regularly
·         Don't smoke and avoid drinking alcohol and coffee
·         Closely monitor your blood sugar levels and get tested for diabetes regularly
·         Monitor your triglycerides and cholesterol levels and keep them under control
·         Eat healthy meals everyday, with a lot of fruit, vegetables, and some seeds and nuts
.          Make your own healthy snacks and juices at home instead of eating junk food.
·         Limit intake of foods which contain high saturated fat and trans fat (see the list below)
·         Maintain a healthy weight, and take more healthy foods, see detox.
·         Keep your stress level low and get enough sleep.
·         Drink sufficient amount of water, it is good to have 7-8 glasses of water per day
·         If you have any sympton or feeling something (dizziness, tiredness, chest pain), talk with your            doctor about your health problem and about treatment options.

Major sources of saturated fat include:
·         Red meat with fat or lard
·         Dairy products, especially full cream milk and cheese
·         Palm oil and other hydrogenated oils
·         High calorie and high cholesterol foods
·         White sugar, salt and white flour
·         Fried foods and charred foods
·         High saturated food, such butter, eggs, animal fat
·         Smoking (cigarette) and drinking (alcohol)

Major sources of trans fat include:
§  Deep-fried foods
§  Unhealthy fast foods
§  Bakery products which contain margarine and hydrogenated oils
§  Packaged snack foods including crackers, cookies which are mostly made of sugar, salt, white flour and margarine
§  Margarines or butter in fried or baked foods

Keep positive thinking and good mood
Studies reveal that a person who always worries or has a serious trauma , or individual who has bad temper or gets irritated and angry easily is more likely to have heart attack that those with mild temper and positive thinking.