Heart health is one of the most important areas to our overall health. The circulatory system, comprised of the heart, lungs, arteries, and veins, supply oxygen to every cell in your body and brain. Heart, or cardiovascular, disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and includes heart attack, stroke, coronary artery disease (constriction of the blood vessels), atherosclerosis (plaque build-up in the arteries), ischemic stroke, arrhythmias (problems in the heart’s rhythm), heart valve problems, heart infections, and congenital heart problems. Although there is a certainly a genetic (family) component to heart disease, there also are many lifestyle factors that contribute to heart health.
Being obese or overweight, smoking, eating too much salt and fatty food, not getting enough exercise or being sedentary, and having high blood pressure (hypertension) and triglycerides all contribute to your heart risk. You can significantly reduce your risk of a cardiac event by exercising and eating a diet high in omega 3-fatty acids. The Mediterranean diet, particularly olive oil, has proved to be especially helpful.
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