Know what may harm the heart

Jan 27, 2011

Following a healthy diet may prevent the risk of developing heart disease.

There are certain variables that make up an unhealthy heart, but the type of lifestyle an individual lives may be the most important.

The Star Press released a report listing the most common damaging influences on one's heart. Smoking is usually a choice that results in damage to the arteries and blood flow to the body. The paper says that compared to nonsmokers, people who smoke a pack of cigarettes a day have more than twice the risk of having a heart attack. Furthermore, smoking provokes roughly 30 percent of heart attacks.

High cholesterol levels also enhance the risk of developing heart disease, says the paper. However, following a healthy diet may help people avoid experiencing high levels of bad cholesterol.

Hypertension is a high blood pressure level, which greatly increases the risk of developing heart disease. The paper noted that one in three adults suffers from the condition, but consistent exercise may help maintain a healthy body weight and decrease risks.

Heart disease is a serious condition, but a lifestyle change towards a healthy diet and regular exercise may help people turn their lives around. Those who make the change may also realize lower life insurance premiums as they get healthier, experts say. 

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