Eat less meat. Prevent blockage: Heart beats 100k times/day, pumps 3-5k gal. blood through 60k miles of vessels
"Don’t dig your grave with your knife and fork." Heart Disease is the top killer. You can make a great impact - simply choose what you eat. Eating less meat is the most effective way to prevent plague-clogged arteries. 9 times out of 10, it's fatty plaque building up over time that narrows an artery. Nearly half of coronary deaths are of those who had no previous symptoms. Undoubtedly, however, they had excessive blood fat and cholesterol of which they were probably unaware. A blockage of one or more of the three major arteries that supply oxygen-bearing blood to the heart will cause a heart attack.
We all run a 50/50 risk of encountering a consequence of coronary artery disease. While there are a number of reasons for an artery to narrow the most likely is atherosclerosis. 9 times out of 10, it's fatty plaque building up over time that narrows an artery. Nearly half of coronary deaths are of those who had no previous symptoms. Undoubtedly, however, they had excessive blood fat and cholesterol of which they were probably unaware.
A blockage of one or more of the three major arteries that supply oxygen-bearing blood to the heart will cause your heart to try to correct the problem by decreasing its own oxygen demands. There is often shortness of breath (ischemia). If the oxygen supply continues to dwindle, parts of your heart will begin to shut down. If the blockages stop blood flow to a part of your heart, that part dies and you have a heart attack.
1.5 million Americans suffer a myocardial infarction each year. Each day 1,500 Americans will die of cardiac ischemia. You can make a great impact through your lifestyle choices - namely what you eat. Your heart beats 2.5 billion times and pumps 100,000 million gallons of blood in an average lifetime. Each day this eleven-ounce pump beats 100,000 times, pumping 2,500 to 5,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels. Taking care of your heart and arteries is of the utmost importance.
The key risk factor is diet and diet related problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. Smoking is also a major cause. Smoking will speed up life-shortening effects of fatty build up in your arteries, damaging your blood vessels and accelerating atherosclerosis. Heart disease comes in many forms; some are more common to men, others to women. However, heart attacks caused by coronary artery disease are the most common and deadly.
Original Source: Eat-Well-To-Be-Well.com
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