Do you now the facts about heart disease? Contrary to popular belief the biggest and most lethal serial killer in the world to day is not some insane escaped psychopath, its heart disease. Heart disease has steadily increased since the 1950’s and has literally exploded over the last 20 years to reach epidemic proportions. At some time or another in your life you or someone you know will be directly or indirectly affected by it. FACT…
A blockage of any of the coronary arteries that that supplies the heart muscle with blood and oxygen will cause a heart attack (or myocardial infarction to give its medical description). It is therefore important for all to know the facts of disease, even if there is no sign of (heart) disease. Proper knowledge can help protect you from this silent killer.
- Heart and circulatory disease is the UK’s biggest killer.
- In 2008, over 191,000 died from heart and circulatory disease in the UK including 88,000 deaths from CHD and a further 43,000 from strokes.
- CVD caused more than 50,000 premature deaths in the UK. More than one in four deaths in men before the age of 75 and one in five deaths in women before the age of 75 is from CVD.
- In recent years CHD death rates have been falling more slowly in younger age groups.
- Death rates from CHD are highest in Scotland and North of England, and lowest in the South of England.
- Death rates from CVD have been falling in the UK at one of the fastest rates in Europe. But death rates in the UK still remain relatively high compared to some Western European Countries.
- There are around 124,000 heart attacks in the United Kingdom every year.
- In 2009 incidence of angina was highest in Scotland and incidence of heart failure was highest in Northern Ireland while England had the lowest rate for both conditions.
- In 2008 around 266 million prescriptions were issued for Cardio Vascular Disease (CVD) in England.
- Over 80,000 PCIs are now carried out every year in the UK, more than three times as many as a decade ago.
- The annual number of inpatient episodes for CVD has increased to 422,000 in England, 49,000 in Scotland and 27,000 in Wales.
- The prevalence of smoking is higher in Scotland and Northern Ireland (both 24%) compared to England and Wales (both 21%).
- Only around a third of men and women currently consume the recommended five portions of fruits and vegetables per day in Britain.
- Only around one in five boys and girls aged 5 to 15 consume five or more portions of fruits and vegetables per day.
- Self reported physical activity levels are highest among men in Scotland, as 45% meeting recommended levels compared to 33% in Northern Ireland, 38% in Wales and 39% in England.
- Around one in three adults in England and Scotland are hypertensive and nearly half of them are not receiving treatments.
- Around six in ten adults in England have blood cholesterol levels of 5mmol/l or above.
- More than a quarter of adults in England are obese.
- Around 30% of boys and girls aged 2-15 in England and Scotland are overweight or obese.
- CVD is estimated to cost the UK economy around £30bn a year.
1. Smoking Causes Heart Attacks (fact)
There is plethora of scientific evidences that proves that cigarette smoking is a major cause of (heart) diseases. Studies show that heavy smokers tend to develop a (heart) disease at a younger age and sudden cardiac death is one of the most tragic effects of smoking. American Heart Association specifies that smokers have two or four times more risk of developing a heart disease than non smokers.
2. Cholesterol (bad) causes coronary arteries to narrow and block (fact)
Having continuously elevated serum cholesterol is also a major risk factor for (heart) disease. Having a diet which is rich in foods with saturated fatty acids can increase the cholesterol level; this can be a factor in, increasing the risk of coronary heart disease. However, not all cholesterol is bad for heart health indeed we all need cholesterol to survive. However LDL cholesterol can fur up those arteries faster than you can blink (well you get my meaning) Olive and olive oil, peanut butter and dry nuts contain monounsaturated fat that is good for heart health.
3. You don’t necessarily have the classic crushing chest pain to have a heart attack
Some people have what is called a silent MI (myocardial infarction) which means a heart attack without pain. These types of heart attack are extremely dangerous because severe damage can be caused to the heart but you may be unaware of it. You may have other symptoms but no pain.
4. Heart disease is not particular who it kills
Heart disease is not a fussy killer. It doesn’t matter if you’re a male or female heart disease does not discriminate. It makes absolutely no difference as to the colour of your skin because it’s the biggest killer of both males and females in all ethnic and racial groups in America.
5. Early intervention Save Lives
This is pretty simple when someone suffers from a heart attack they could die. If you think one of your loved ones is experiencing a heart attack, don’t wait. Get help immediately early intervention truly can mean the difference between life and death in many cases.
6. Too much sugar doesn’t help
Chasing that sugar rush won’t just lead to piling on weight and mouthful of cavities. High sugar diets can alter levels of important blood fats and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease including heart disease.
Researchers discovered that the more sugar in a person’s diet, the lower their blood levels of HDL or high-density lipoprotein, the good cholesterol which is believed to transport LDL (the bad) cholesterol away from the arteries. In addition to this as the proportion of daily calories from added sugars increased past 10%, so did the level of triglycerides, (the fat that circulates in the blood).
7. A sedentary lifestyle could be the final nail in the coffin
Your body is an amazing thing but it needs activity or exercise period. There is no doubt that if you are active (fit) you will be able to deal with most illness and disease much better than someone who is not. When it comes to heart disease this is particularly true. If you smoke, have high cholesterol are over weight and binge on surgery foods its not good but I you also have a sedentary lifestyle as well that could be the final nail in the coffin, Be active work hard and take as much exercises as you can and it might just make all the difference. If you have not exercised in a while consult your doctor before starting anything strenuous.
Maintaining a normal blood pressure and low cholesterol levels is important
Studies have shown that reducing cholesterol (bad) and maintaining a normal blood pressure can reduce the risk of: dying from heart disease, having a non fatal heart attack, needing heart bypass surgery or angioplasty.
Heart disease is a killer don’t be killed by it.