Sunday, 7 April 2013

Heart Disease

Heart disease has remained at the top of the list of causes of death in the United States every year since 1919.
Disease of the coronary arteries is the leading cause of death among American men and women 50% of the 1.1 million. Americans who get a heart attack this year, will die of the disease.
More than 2,600 Americans die from disease in coronary arteries every day-that's an average of one death every 33. sec.
According to the American Heart Association are the risk factors for heart attack:
For high cholesterol
High blood pressure
Age (For men, 45 years and older, for women 55 years and older)
Genetic predisposition
More and more scientific studies indicate that there is a correlation between the risk of cardiovascular disease and the individual's reaction to stress from the surrounding environment. This stress can affect the risk factors. But there is a need for more research before we can demonstrate that stress is a "stand-alone" risk factor related to the circulatory system.


In adults is cholestrol considered a total level of 240 mg/dL or higher to be high. From 200-239 mg/dL borderline, and talk about a figure of 200 or less is considered to be normal.
Is the number of LDL ("bad") cholesterol greater than 130 mg/dL, it is deemed to be a risk factor for heart disease.
Is the number for HDL ("good") cholesterol less than 35 mg/dL, it is deemed to be a risk factor for heart disease.
New statistics from health authorities suggest that more than 140 million. Americans have a total cholesterol level, which is at the top end in terms of risk (100.8 million) or too high (40.6 million).

Blood Pressure

A blood pressure of 120/80 is considered normal for an adult person. A blood pressure that is located at 140/90 or above is considered to be elevated.
Up to EUR 50 million. Americans from 6 years and older have high blood pressure.

How to reduce the risk of heart disease

In addition to doing more exercise, avoiding stress and quitting smoking can also ensure a healthy heart by relying on good eating habits.
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends keeping total fat intake to less than 30% of the total caloric intake and the amount of saturated fat in less than 10%.
Antioxidants are important for the heart. An antioxidant is a substance that can help protect the body against the inner and outer loads, which may eventually lead to disease, for example. in the circulatory system.
Examples of antioxidants are vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, proanthocyanidiner and flavonoids.
Antioxidants found in the greatest quantities in fruits and vegetables. But it is difficult to achieve the full protection with antioxidants through diet alone. In fact, new studies show that most American diet lacks the sufficient amount of antioxidants.
An ever-greater amount of findings suggests that grape seed extract provides more antioxidants than vitamin C, vitamin E and beta carotene.
A study has shown that grape seed extract and chromium-significantly may reduce both the total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol levels.
Another study has shown that grape seed extract, chromium and zinc significantly reduce systolic blood pressure.


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