February is Heart Disease Awareness month. The first step into February is educating yourself and others about heart disease. There are various diseases that fall under the broad terminology, such as: coronary artery disease, heart rhythm disorders called arrhythmias and defects of the heart present at birth, also called congenital heart defects, according to The Heart Foundation. Of these diseases, the one referred to the most is coronary artery disease, which is also called coronary heart disease or cardiovascular disease.
Coronary heart disease is a condition in which plaque, which is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium and other substances in the blood, builds up inside the coronary arteries which supply oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle, as stated here. When plaque grows to a large enough size where it reduces or blocks blood flow through the arteries, it could then rupture to cause a blood clot to form. If this blood clod breaks off, it can then move to another part of the body where it will cause blockage. In either form of blockage, it could end in a heart attack or Sudden Cardiac Death (in severe cases).
There are many steps that should be taken to help reduce your risk of heart disease. Here are just a few important ways to lessen the risk:
- Get yourself into a fitness routine of at least 30 minutes a day, for five days a week. If that isn’t possible, try 20 minutes a day, for three days.
- Eat a diet that is low in salt, saturated and transfats and high in unsaturated fats (fish, avocado, etc.) according to The Heart Health Foundation.
- With a trusted physician, go over your specific risk factors to then help make a strong plan of action to avoid any risks.
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