The Main Causes and Risk Factors for Heart Complications

One of the leading causes of deaths in most parts of the world are heart related diseases. In the past heart attacks and other related diseases were considered as “diseases for the old people”. However, in the recent past, the number of young people who have been diagnosed with heart diseases is quite alarming. The question “what has changed?” is actually a no brainer, it all narrows down to the kind of lifestyle most people have adapted. From the almost absent exercise to the unhealthy foods heart complications are inevitable. However the good news is that most of these diseases can be easily averted if only people could decide to lead a healthier lifestyle. In addition to this, it is also crucial to visit the doctor’s office on a regular basis for checkups and advise on the right diet. Below are some of the leading causes of heart diseases which people should try and avoid at all costs.

1. Clogged Arteries
One of the main role of the heart is to pump blood around the body. Poor circulation of blood not only brings about coronary complications but other complications as well, such as fainting spells. One of the components that is transported in the blood is oxygen and hence it is crucial that the arteries are not clogged at any point. However due to the high levels of cholesterol in most diets, the blood becomes thick and sticky and starts clotting and clogging on the walls of the arteries and thus slowing down the circulation significantly. The clogging makes the already narrow vessels much narrower and this can lead to angina or even a heart disease that is commonly referred to as arteriosclerosis. Arteriosclerosis in turn leads to other heart diseases. The main risk factor that leads to the clogging of the arteries is excess cholesterol and can reduced by eating healthy foods. Fats and oils are also essential but they should only be derived from healthy sources such as nuts and consumed in the recommended quantities.

2. Cigarettes
Cigarettes are known to be the leading cause of most respiratory diseases and as if that is not bad enough, they are also responsible for some of the heart diseases too. The nicotine that is present in the cigarettes in high percentages makes the blood to thicken leading to blood clotting inside the vessels. The nicotine also sucks the oxygen from the blood. Therefore on top of the poor circulation that is caused by the clotting, the body also has insufficient oxygen and havoc this two drawbacks can cause is catastrophic.

3. History Of Heart Diseases And Diabetes In The Family
Some people lead a healthy lifestyle and still suffer from some of these diseases. The main reason or explanation for this could be that they have genetically inherited it. However it is also possible for someone who comes from a family with a history of heart disease or diabetes to evade this two lethal diseases. For these people, living a healthy lifestyle is not an option since the risk factors for them are much higher. It is also virtually important for them to visit the doctor’s office and be guided on how to avert these complications. People living with diabetes should also be careful to ensure that their blood-sugar levels are in check to ease the burden placed on the heart.

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