heart disease risk factors

Lifestyle Factors that increase the risk for Heart disease

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Various health conditions, lifestyle, age, and family background may increase the risk of heart disease. These are referred to as risk factors.  High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking, alcoholism are some cardiac risk factors that can be controlled but your age or family history are some factors that can’t be controlled. Dr. Dinesh Sehgal, Interventional Cardiologist at Sapra Multispecialty Hospital explains some of the major risk factors for cardiac or Heart Diseases

Health factors that increase the risk of Heart Disease

1. Blood Cholesterol: Cholesterol is a waxy, oil-based substance that is both good and bad for the body when present at normal levels. It is produced by your body and you make it through your food also.  Cholesterol helps in many body functions like contributing to the structure of cell walls, making up digestive bile acids in the intestine, allowing the body to produce vitamin D, enabling the body to make certain hormones.

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 But above the marked level, it can become a silent killer for the person. High cholesterol is the main reason for Heart attacks. For more information on how to manage the cholesterol level, click http://news.jugaadin.com/manage-your-cholesterol-level-to-prevent-heart-attack/

2. High Blood Pressure: Blood pressure is the act of blood pushing against the walls of arteries. High blood pressure is diagnosed when it remains elevated for extended periods of time. High blood pressure can cause damage to our heart and arteries, which can lead to heart disease, stroke, and other major complications. To know natural methods of lowering the high blood pressure, click http://news.jugaadin.com/worried-of-high-blood-pressure-adopt-natural-ways-to-lower-it/

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3. Diabetes: The body needs glucose for energy. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas which helps in converting glucose into energy.  A person suffering from diabetes is unable to process insulin in the body. This causes blood sugar to grow that’s why adults with diabetes are at higher risk of death from heart disease than adults without diabetes.

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4. The lack of sufficient physical activity can lead to heart disease. It can also increase the chances of other risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, having other medical conditions.

5. Drinking Alcohol: Excess of alcohol raises blood pressure levels and increases the risk for heart disease. It increases the level of triglycerides, a fatty substance in the blood that can increase the risk of heart disease.

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6. Smoking can damage the heart and blood vessels, which increases the risk of heart conditions such as heart attack and atherosclerosis.

These are some of the factors that are related to lifestyle and by controlling these factors one can prevent occurring of heart disease.

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Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist/ cardiologist or your own doctor for more information. Jugaadin news has no responsibility for any information.

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