Heart disease is the leading killer of both men and women in the U.S. Heart disease generally refers to the conditions of narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to chest pain or a stroke. Other heart conditions such as infections and conditions that affect your hearts muscles, valves or beating rhythm, also are considered forms of heart disease.
how does this affect me?
My aunts husband has heart disease. He is recovering by staying healthy and active. He almost died from it last year when they found out he has it, but he is recovering now.
heart disease begins with the lining and inner layers of the heart arteries. Several factors contribute to this damage. they include:
smoking including secondhand smoking
high amounts of fat and cholesterol in the blood
high blood pressure
high amounts of sugar in the blood
blood vessel inflammation
Plauge begins to build up in the arteries, over time it hardens or breaks open narrowing the heart arteries causing the reduce of the flow of oxygen- rich blood to the heart.Forming Blood clots, which if big enough it can block a coronary artery which causes a heart attack.