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Understanding 8 Heart Disease Risk Factors



Heart disease is possible to strike anyone, anytime; so don’t let your guard down on it. It is quite important to find out more about the risk factors of heart disease  first before getting to know what to do to avoid this deadly disease. Keep your attention to the following points as listed below.

Stress (emotional pressure)

Once a person becomes stressed out, physiological pressures will begin attacking the arteries and constrict the bloodstream up to 27% based on a research. Another research showed that a heavy stress is potential to break the artery wall which will end up triggering a heart attack.

Smoking (both active and passive smoking)

It’s not new to see warnings inserted on every ad or pack of cigarettes such as “Smoking is potential in causing heart attacks” or “Smoking is not recommended for pregnant women”. Smoking—whether it’s an active or a passive one—has numerous dangerous effects to the body, including the heart. Active smoking increases blood pressures and automatically inserts various poisonous chemical substances (nicotine, carbon monoxide, etc.) into the bloodstream, breaking the artery.

Smoking actively gets other people to accidentally inhale the smoke. It makes the passive smokers get risk of heart disease. This fact is strongly supported by a research finding that non-smoking people get more risks of heart attack if they live with the smoking ones. That’s why there’s no harm in quit smoking as soon as possible. It’s not just going to save yourself but also others from heart disease.

Heart Disease Risk Factors

Obesity

Leave the perception of “the more weight you gain, the healthier you are”. Overweight leads to obesity, which causes high blood pressures and abnormal amount of fats. Obesity also causes diabetes, the dangerous disease causing increased risk of coronaries. In conclusion, obesity gives multiple ways to the lethal heart disease.

Diabetes

As elaborated before, diabetes leads to heart disease. Diabetics, having a high risk of complications, is very potential in experiencing heart disease resulted by the complication of diabetes itself.

Hypertension

People with hypertension have a risky possibility of getting heart disease. As blood pressures become high, the artery will possibly be pained. It is likely that LDL cholesterol streams into the artery canals and adds a heap of plaques—which happens to build more barriers against the bloodstream and increase the blood pressures along with higher risk of heart attacks.

Genetic

Heart disease is also possibly inherited in a family as shown by a research.

Age and gender

Who says that age and gender have got nothing to do with heart disease? Men under 50 years old have higher risk of heart disease than women at the same age. But then, it’s the menopause women’s turn to get the increased risk resulted by a significant descent of estrogens which used to function as a protector in the body.

Lack of Physical Activities

We are now reaching the last but not the least point—a factor of not doing physical activities. Being inactive in physical activities—such as spending most of the time to do mental activities, rarely doing sports or even sleeping too much—makes someone have higher risk of heart disease. People lacking of physical activities are potential in getting heart attacks once they do heavy works such as jogging, lifting heavy loads, and many more. However, it’s possible to reduce the risk by starting to do sports regularly or just take a stroll for 20-30 minutes every day at the very least. It will increase the heart’s capability to pomp and reduce level of cholesterols along with decreased blood pressures as well.