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How Does Lifestyle Affect the Circulatory System?

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How does lifestyle affect the circulatory system? Circulatory diseases are the most common killers in the western world and this figure will continue to grow, but why; societies new lifestyle has changed a lot over the last 100years and this is the reason. Many factors can be the cause of this genetics, diet, cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, consuming acholol, lack of excerise, or a combination of some or all of these factors are the main culprits. The heart is a perfect muscle that roughly beats about 100,000 times every day, pumping about 2,000 gallons of blood, From this you can see it needs to be in a prime condition all the time and often needs a work out. The population has become very sedentary particularly in Europe and America, this is directly affecting the numbers of people suffering with some form of circulatory illnesses, its clear we must change our life styles and in this essay I will be looking at the main circulatory problems; heart disease, arteriosclerosis, high cholesterol levels and problems linking to and causing these issues like obesity, diabetes, smoking and blood pressure. ...read more.


But heart attacks are most common in men as its proven that estrogen seems to strength the muscles of the heart therefore mininsing the risk of heart attacks, but once a woman reaches the age of menopause the levels of men and woman suffering heart attacks levels off. Ischemic heart disease is when anything obstructs the flow of blood to or from the heart. The most common obstruction is atherosclerosis, which is a buildup of fat and calcium on the inside of the walls of the coronary arteries. Atherosclerosis is the most common type of cardiovascular disease and is an ongoing problem that can start at any age. Obstructed arteries can lead to two of the most common heart disorder angina pectoris. Angina is chest pains in the thorax, which occur when the heart doesn't receive enough blood to do vigorous activities. If the arteries are atherosclerotic then they don't dilate wide enough as they become rigid with the fat deposits, and therefore the person can't get the increased amount of blood the body needs when working out etc. if the atherosclerotic arteries are extremely bad then angina can effect a person even when they are at rest. ...read more.


Secondly people must start to eat healthier, cutting down on fatty high cholesterol foods and eating more of a balanced diet. This means you will have a healthy strong heart and also means that arteriosclerosis will be reduced to minimal risk. If you eat a balanced diet and keep to your personal ideal weight then your heart has less strain, being obese puts enormous strain on the heart as this excess fat in also on the insides of arteries and its harder for us to live a normal life. Although there are heart diseases, which are hereditary, having this balanced diet and healthy lifestyle along with garlic and other vitamins that strengthen the heart reduces the risk and if you are to gain one of these diseases then you will be in a healthier state to fight against it. The stereotype of a person that is most likely to get heart disease of some type is a middle aged man or woman (older for women) that suffers from obesity, smokes heavily, drinks more than 2 achoholic drinks a day, this would cause high blood pressure and has a history of heart problem in his family. ?? ?? ?? ?? By Sherrina Hedman ...read more.

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