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In this assignment I will be writing an essay investigating the risk factors associated with coronary heart disease. The three main risk factors I will be concentrating on are blood cholesterol, cigarette smoking and increased blood pressure.

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In this assignment I will be writing an essay investigating the risk factors associated with coronary heart disease. The three main risk factors I will be concentrating on are blood cholesterol, cigarette smoking and increased blood pressure. Blood cholesterol, cigarette smoking and increased blood pressure are factor, which can cause heart disease and even heart attack. It can be avoided, reduced or inherited. Cholesterol is a waxy substance travels in the bloodstream. The higher the cholesterol is, the more likely some cholesterol will build up in the walls of your blood vessel. When there is too much cholesterol (a fat-like substance) in the blood, it builds up in the walls of arteries. ...read more.

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The higher the blood cholesterol levels the greater risk for developing heart disease or having a heart attack. Heart disease is the number one killer of women and men in the United States. Each year, more than a million Americans have heart attacks, and about a half million people die from heart disease. High blood cholesterol itself dose not causes symptoms, many people are unaware that their cholesterol level is too high. Lowering cholesterol level that are too high lessens the risk for developing heart disease and reduces the chance of heart attack or dying of heart disease, cholesterol lowering is important for everyone-younger, middle age, and older adults; women and men; and people with or without heart disease. Things which affect cholesterol levels: Diet. ...read more.

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cholesterol levels. It also helps lose weight. Things you cannot do anything about also can affect cholesterol levels. These include: Age and Gender. As women and men get older, the cholesterol levels raise. Before the age of menopause, women have lower total cholesterol levels than men of the same age. After the age of menopause, women's LDL levels tend to raise. Heredity. Genes partly determine how much cholesterol the body makes. High blood cholesterol can run in families. In general, the higher your LDL level and the grater chance of developing heart disease or having a heart attack. Some people are at high risk for a heart attack because they already have heart disease. Other people are at high risk for developing heart disease because they have diabetes (which is a strong risk factor) or a combination of risk factor for heart disease. ...read more.

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