Cardiovascular Health

Coronary heart disease is a leading cause of death and has many related risk factors such as smoking, diabetes and obesity. But just controlling these risk factors may only be part of the pathway to better health.

While some harmful influences leading to heart diseases can be reduced by changing unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, other things are simply not within the control of anyone. For example. Age plays a role in the development of cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. Similarly, genetics plays a role in how high your risk may be of developing heart problems.

To lower the risk of heart disease and maintain a healthy cardiovascular system, it is important to eliminate activities such as poor diet and tobacco use. Getting regular exercise helps with weight maintenance and reduces the likelihood of diabetes. But what about those factors such as age and genetics? There are ways to reduce the risk of circulatory problems beyond changes to lifestyle.

What are some of the conditions affecting heart health that need special attention? Genetics, for example, may bless someone with a great ability to produce good cholesterol. These lucky individuals have a natural defense that helps clear the bad version from the body and help keep the heart performing well. Most people don’t have that gift and managing cholesterol levels is important.

Inflammation is experienced by everyone to some degree or other and some types of this condition can cause damage to the blood vessel walls and increase the possibility of atherosclerosis. Decreases in the ability for blood to move from the extremities can also result in painful varicose veins and further inflammation. Another common situation is when the body experiences damage caused by free radicals that can attack cells. This cellular injury can also lead to further cardiovascular health problems.

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