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Heart Disease - Is It Anyone's Fault?

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Heart Disease - Is It Anyone's Fault? Coronary heart disease makes up 56% of all deaths relating to heart conditions. The heart pumps blood around the body carrying oxygen and other essential nutrients to the areas in the body where they are needed.1 Coronary Heart disease is when this process is restricted or interrupted. The coronary arteries come off the main aorta, which are the first arteries to receive freshly oxygenated blood. They pass over the surface of the heart and supply it with oxygen. The process becomes restricted because the walls of the arteries become narrowed by a gradual build-up of atheroma (fatty material). This can quite often result in serious illness or death.3 The risk of heart disease is much greater for people that have a poor diet, who smoke and also do little exercise. It is also more likely for men to suffer from heart disease than women.3, 8 & 10 For smokers that have already had a heart attack as a result of heart disease that continue to smoke, are twice as likely to have another heart attack within one year if they continue to smoke. ...read more.


If a person has a high intake of LDL (low density lipoprotein), a high intake of alcohol, and generally a poor diet then they will have a high risk of developing coronary heart disease. The process of coronary heart disease begins when the coronary arteries become narrowed by a build-up of fatty material. This condition is called atherosclerosis. If this process continues the arteries may become too narrow to deliver the oxygen rich blood that the heart muscles require. If the coronary artery becomes totally blocked then this causes a heart attack. 1&7 To reduce the build up of atheroma it is recommended that at least five portions of fruit and vegetables should be eaten every day. Also, it has been found that consuming fish and fish oils could reduce the risk of heart disease. It's not known exactly why this is so, but it is thought that they can regulate heart rate and reduce the level of triglycerides in the blood, reducing the risk of blood clots forming in the coronary arteries. ...read more.


This is because almost everyone in this country knows that smoking, lack of exercise, and a poor diet will lead to health problems. People may not know that these will necessarily lead to heart disease, but they know that the outcome will be an unhealthy body. Also, it is relatively easy to change smoking and exercise habits with little instruction or education. Diet however, is not as easy for people to change to a healthy regime, and so if someone is suffering from heart disease purely due to a poor diet then it could be argued that it is someone else's fault. It could be the fault of the government for inadequate education and information being supplied to the general public, but it could also be argued that it is the fault of food manufactures for not making it easy to see that foods are high in LDL's or other fats which may lead to heart disease. For a healthier country, there defiantly needs to be more education about diet from the government but also, people should be encouraged to get involved in physical activities more often. Edward Hodson ...read more.

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