Heart attacks and strokes can creep up on us. They
sneak into our life and we do not even notice the signs. We
get tired faster, we have trouble keeping up with the kids or with
our friends. We take naps. We never used to take naps,
right? The weight gain just gently keeps increasing with age.
We do not gain 20, 30 or 50 pounds overnight, no, we gain a few
pounds over a longer period of time, so, it doesn't seem so drastic
when we step on the scale. We do less and relax more.
We are stressed out, so we eat comfort foods. We are tired
at the end of the day, so let's get take out suppers, or, prepared
foods. Then one day, bang! Our lifestyle hits us over
the head. And, changes all of a sudden are forced on us.
Let's not do that, ok? Let's make the changes NOW. Do
it for the whole family, no, actually do it WITH the whole family.
Most heart attacks and strokes are caused by “atherothrombosis”;
this is a highly preventable disease.
Atherothrombosis happens when fatty material, also known as plaque,
breaks, a blood clot is then formed, and this can then block the
blood flow and lead to a heart attack, a stroke, and even arterial
disease, which causes leg pain.
There are a number of conditions related to health, to lifestyle
and to other factors that will contribute to this disease and
increase the risk for heart attack and stroke.
Health related conditions: high cholesterol; high blood pressure;
poor circulation; diabetes.
Lifestyle: smoking; obesity; overweight; lack of exercise; bad
Other factors: age; family history.
Atherothrombosis: How it works.
High blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking and other factors
will lead to the build up of fatty plagues inside the arteries.
The blood flow becomes restricted as the plaque increases in
size. Blood clots happen when the plaque breaks through the lining
of the artery.
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Cells, actually called platelets, stick to the damaged area of
the artery. A web of fibres is created around the platelets, producing
a blood clot. This blood clot could break free and block the flow
of blood if it gets stuck in a smaller artery leading to the heart,
brain, or other organs.
Ask yourself these questions:
-Are you over 50? -Do you have a parent or a sibling who ever
had a heart attack or stroke? -Do you have diabetes? -Have you
ever had any kind of circulation problem? -What are the numbers
of your cholesterol? Blood Pressure? LDL and HDL? How are your
triglycerides? -What is your weight? Are you a little overweight?
Are you a lot overweight, even obese? -How is your diet? Do you
understand what makes a healthy diet? -Do you understand about
nutrition? -Do you smoke?
Work out a plan to minimize your risk right now.
- Quit smoking, this is a no brainer. - Exercise regularly -
Make the necessary diet changes to be able to convert over to
a new healthy diet. - If you do the above you will have a healthy
weight loss. - Try to control you “numbers” naturally. If you
cannot, or they are too high, there are medicines to help you.
Always consult with your doctor. Do not wait to visit the doctor’s
office. Do it today and make a health and fitness plan. We do
not need to become medical experts to control our lifestyle; we
just need to become informed.
Medical Disclaimer: This article is designed for educational
purposes only and should not be used in any other manner. This
information is not intended to substitute for informed medical