Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Why do you need to keep a healthy heart?

Salam y'all...

i recently came across this..and surely would like to share with others...

Heart disease is the #1 cause of death worldwide, greater than the next five causes of death combined! As leading cause of death for both men
and women around the world, cardiovascular disease affects people of all ages and races.

1. Risk Factor - Cholesterol

Clogged ArteriesCholesterol is a fat-like substance either synthesized by the body or derived from our diet. There are two types of cholesterol that travel through your blood:
  • LDL = bad cholesterol (GARBAGE)
  • HDL= good cholesterol (TRUCKS)
Too much LDL (bad cholesterol) may increase the risk of clog arteries and veins so that your organs don't get enough oxygen and nutrients they need, while HDL (good cholesterol) helps transport cholesterol out of the bloodstream to the liver, where your body can either remove or re-utilize it. (If garbage are too much, the trucks cannot carry enough, so the garbage will clog the arteries and veins)
The higher a person�s total cholesterol, the greater the risk for heart disease.

2. Risk Factor - High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure tells how hard your heart is pumping to circulate blood around your body. High blood pressure means that your heart is working too hard, which may ultimately lead to heart failure if your heart does not get enough blood or strokes if your brain does not receive enough blood.

3. Risk Factor - Triglyceride

Triglycerides are a form of fat necessary for human life & Homocysteine is amino acids (building block of protein). High blood triglycerides are usually link with having lower HDL (good) cholesterol, contributing to higher risk of heart attack and stroke. Excess amounts of homocysteine may be associate with an increase risk of stroke in people who already have coronary heart disease.
High blood Triglycerides have been linked to higher risk of heart attack and stroke.

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