Heart Disease

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Would you want YOUR heart feeling like this?

What is Heart Disease?

Heart Disease comes in many different forms, it has to do with any abnormalities going on in the heart. (MNT, 2011) After continuous consumption of cholesterol in the body, plaque will begin to build up in your arteries. This will therefore make it very difficult for the blood flow. It includes many other root causes including High Blood Pressure.

Heart Disease is most common in men and women over the age of 65. The blood vessels become older as you age and the plaque build up increases over the years, these things along with other factors add up during this age generally. (Resnick, 2014)

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The following video will give you a more in-depth understanding of what your heart looks like when it is suffering from heart disease.

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Where it hits the most

Heart Disease is the number one killer in the United States. Clifton, 2013) Citizens are continuously consuming large quantities of non nutritious foods which highly increases their risks for high blood pressure, obesity and especially heart Disease. Their lack of physical activity overall is also a big factor as to why it is very common.

Nutrients !!!

Eating certain nutrients at a healthy rate is good for you but taking too much of these nutrients can be risky. 2 major nutrients in specific are known to cause Heart Disease. Sodium and Saturated fat. (Dugdale, 2011)

Sodium is included in many food items so it is important to indulge it in moderation. Avoid foods high in salt and pick alternatives such as sesame, garlic or cumin. (Harding, 2014) The DRI for Sodium is 1000 - 1500 mg/day in order to be healthy. (Health Canada, 2006)

Saturated Fat is also very popular in grocery stores. Some of the top foods which include it are butter, animal fat, processed grain products ex. muffins, cupcakes, cakes etc.. (Scherer, 2012) There DRI for Saturated fats is at 20% - 30% of daily nutrient intake. (Health Canada, 2006)


There are ways to lower your risk of getting Heart Disease,which includes maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It is important to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, they are rich in nutritious vitamins. The essential vitamins are called 'antioxidants.' (Fam, Reid, Van, 2014). Antioxidants are very helpful because they stop the cholesterol in your body to go through oxidization which causes the unneeded cholesterol to stick to your body. Vitamin E and Vitamin C are the most effective (Fam, et al 2014).

Vitamin C --> 500 mg twice a day (Mayo, 2012)
Vitamin E --> 267 mg a day (Mayo, 2012)

PREVENT Heart Disease

If the arteries are over clogged, doctors will suggest Coronary Bypass surgery which is a procedure that requires creating new ways for blood to flow through the body. Before reaching that point, follow these techniques to prevent Heart Disease.

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After this research, I realized that Heart Disease effects a lot more people than I had thought. It is very common throughout the world and can lead to some dangerous results. Although, I was very pleased to find out that there are many healthy choices people can make in order to lower their risks to get Heart Disease by a lot.


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