The Common Causes of Heart Disease
Another name for heart disease is cardiovascular disease. I consider heart diseases (cardiovascular disease) one of the most dangerous of all diseases in the world simply because of the fact that it can easily kill you and is actually killing millions of people all over the world every year.
For those that do not know, a heart disease comes about when the coronary arteries whose main function is to supply blood to the heart get narrowed. The narrowing of the coronary arteries makes the heart starve of oxygen and some major nutrients that it desperately needs to function normally because blood has to struggle to get to the heart and out.
The number one culprit for the narrowing of the coronary arteries is cholesterol and fat deposits. When the arteries are clogged by huge layers of fat deposits and the oxygen and nutrients find it difficult traveling to and fro the heart, then one can suffer from a coronary heart disease.
So what causes a heart attack?
A heart attack comes about when a certain portion of the heart muscle does not receive oxygen and nutrients for a while due to the arteries being clogged. The result would be that part of the heart dying, which then results in a heart attack. Simply put, a heart attack occurs when part of the heart dies.
Common causes of heart disease
There are numerous causes of heart diseases but among them, the following are the commonest:
Cholesterol and fat
Cholesterol per se is not a bad thing. As a matter of fact the body needs cholesterol to create hormones and bile acids. But it becomes very deadly when our system has too much of it. The body only needs very little of cholesterol to function properly, but when we have huge deposits of cholesterol in our system, then we are asking for big trouble because the excess cholesterol in the system finds its way into the coronary arteries and clogs them up. The cholesterol narrows the arteries, and by so doing restricts the flow of blood to the heart, resulting in a heart disease. As we all know, today most of our diets contain very high levels of cholesterol. Let us try to stay away from such diets. Let us reduce the amount of cholesterol that we consume in order to have a healthy heart.
Most people don’t know this, but smoking tobacco is extremely dangerous for the heart. Many are of the assumption that smoking tobacco only affects the lungs and causes cancers. Smoking tobacco will give you more than bad breath, breathing problems and lung cancer. According to scientists tobacco usage – whether we chew it or smoke it can significantly increase our risks of suffering from a heart disease. But how does smoking cause heart disease? It is simple. When you smoke, a lot of things happen in your body. For example, your blood pressure becomes higher and your blood easily clots. When these things happen, your risk of suffering from heart disease significantly increases. According to studies, people who smoke three times more likely to suffer from heart disease.
If your family has a history of coronary heart diseases, then it increases your chance of suffering from the disease. Heredity heart disease is a very common cause of heart disease.
High blood pressure
Hypertension as it is sometimes called is another huge factor in the causal of heart disease. Hypertension is a very deadly condition and comes about as a result of lack of exercise, too much alcohol intake, excessive salt intake and being overweight. If you do not control your blood pressure and keeps getting worse then you are getting yourself ready for a heart disease. You can control your blood pressure by regular exercise. It does need to be extreme – just thirty minutes of brisk walking or jogging at least three to four times a week can do the trick. Also stay away from excessive salt intake and alcohol.
NOTE: Heart disease can sometimes be prevented by simply paying attention to the lifestyle choices that we go in for. For example, we know smoking tobacco can easily cause heart disease. Obviously staying away from smoking can save us from suffering from a cardiovascular disease.