It’s National Wear Red Day! Not because it’s such a beautiful color, but rather because it’s a way to show support for the women who are taking action to protect their hearts and by extension, their lives!
They do this by reducing high blood pressure and cholesterol. They maintain a healthy weight by getting regular exercise and they do not smoke. All of these actions taken together go a long way toward decreasing the risk of developing heart disease.
Are you at risk of developing heart disease? The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute helps you find out.
A study of 44,500 people in England and Scotland showed vegetarians were 32% less likely to die or need hospital treatment as a result of heart disease.
Differences in cholesterol levels, blood pressure and body weight are thought to be behind the health boost.
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Heart disease is a major blight in Western countries. It kills 94,000 people in the UK each year – more than any other disease, and 2.6 million people live with the condition.
The heart’s own blood supply becomes blocked up by fatty deposits in the arteries that nourish the heart muscle. It can cause angina or even lead to a heart attack if the blood vessels become completely blocked.
Dr Francesca Crowe said: “The main message is that diet is an important determinant of heart health, I’m not advocating that everyone eats a vegetarian diet.”
The results showed the vegetarians had lower blood pressure, lower levels of “bad” cholesterol and were more likely to have a healthy weight.
Tracy Parker, from the British Heart Foundation, said: “But remember, choosing the veggie option on the menu is not a shortcut to a healthy heart. After all, there are still plenty of foods suitable for vegetarians that are high in saturated fat and salt.”
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People tend to believe only the seemingly unhealthy are afflicted with heart disease. It’s a common misconception that the disease only strikes those who are already suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
A new study reported today by NBC News, revealed that one in 12 U.S. service members has plaque buildup in the arteries around their hearts. Simply put, this early sign of heart disease exists in large numbers in one of the country’s healthiest demographics—the military.
So what does that mean for the rest of us?
Heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Often referred to as the “silent killer,” the disease claims approximately 1 million lives a year. It’s a good idea to remain ahead of the information curve in regards to the warning signs.