Coronary Heart Disease Facts

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Coronary Heart Disease Some Basic Facts Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the number one killer of American males and females. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), approximately every 33 seconds an American will suffer some type of coronary event and almost every minute, someone will die from it. Heredity, although not a controllable risk factor, does play a role in heart disease risk. In fact, children of parents who have heart disease are more likely to develop heart disease later in life. Because individuals with a family history of heart disease are at a greater risk, it is important to focus on controllable risk factors such as not smoking, keeping cholesterol and blood pressure within a normal range, becoming physically active and maintaining a healthy weight. Don't…show more content…
Another 49 percent exceeded recommended intakes of dietary cholesterol; subsequently, these individuals were more likely to show early signs of atherosclerosis. Aim for a Healthy Weight According to the American Heart Association, experts convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) have said that obesity is rapidly increasing and is a threat to the health of populations worldwide. These W.H.O experts also noted that obesity affects adults and children alike. It's been found out that children between the ages of 5 and 17 who were overweight were 2.4 times more likely to have elevated total blood cholesterol levels than children of normal weight. The study also indicated that of those children who were overweight, more than half had at least one risk factor for heart disease. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, 18 percent of children between the ages of 12 and 19 are overweight, which may place an alarming number of children and adolescents at an increased risk for heart disease. Physical Activity Also is
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