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Factors affecting the development of coronary heart disease.

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Factors affecting the development of coronary heart disease. The coronary arteries are small blood vessels that keep the heart muscle supplied with oxygen and nutrients that are needed to keep the heart healthy and working properly. Like all muscles in the body the heart also needs a constant supply of blood containing oxygen and nutrients, so when the coronary arteries become clogged with fatty deposits, the coronary artery is not able to supply enough blood to the heart, this results in coronary heart disease (CHD) The coronary heart disease builds up over the years, where fatty deposits or atheroma narrows the coronary arteries. CHD is caused by the inside walls of the coronary arteries thickening, this is called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis narrows the space that the blood is able to flow through. ...read more.


The development of CHD can be controlled even when you find out that you have CHD, angina or you have had a heart attack, as there are plenty of ways that you can prevent it from getting worse. The way that you can prevent the heart deteriorating future is by: Lowering cholesterol. Improving your diet, with plenty of fruit, vegetables and fish. Stop smoking. Reduce stress. Lowering alcohol intake. Eating fewer fats. Keeping blood pressure under control. Regular exercise Though there are some factors that can't be controlled in CHD and there are: The gender. Age. Heredity (family history of CHD). Where in the world the person is from. People from all over the world can get CHD but is usually found in older men from northern American and Eastern Europe. ...read more.


will change, he will probably end up working in a factory or foundry so will not be doing much physical exercise anymore and will not be eating his own grown healthy vegetables either. CHD is usually found in older people rather than younger as the condition develops over years. CHD can also be heredity from your parents; you could have a family history of CHD. Fact about CHD, DID YOU KNOW THAT... Heart and circulatory disease is the UK's biggest killer. In 2000, 120,000 women died from heart and circulatory disease in the UK. Over 1.5 million people in the UK have angina, half a million have heart failure and these numbers are rising. Every two minutes someone has a heart attack. Diabetes substantially increases the risk of heart and circulatory disease. ...read more.

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