Cardiovascular Disease

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The leading cause of death in the United States is a heart and blood vessel disease called Cardiovascular Disease. This type of heart disease occurs when a “substance called plaque builds up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart” (CAD). This presents of plaque is made up of the excess cholesterol that embeds itself into the inner walls of the hearts coronary arteries. When this occurs it causes a condition called atherosclerosis, “the gradual build up of plaque in the blood vessels that feed your heart” (HealthiNation), preventing these arteries to properly expand and provide the flow of blood needed to keep the heart operating properly. This narrowing and hardening of the artery walls can lead to a “heart attack, chest pain (angina) or stroke” (Staff) that have killed half a million americans a year. Contributed to risk factors that an individual can not change and to a lack of symptoms that arise until it is to late, CVD’s symptoms can disrupt the regular motions of the heart. However, the results that do arise from these unchangeable factors can bring about a conscious effort to prolong their life by managing the way they live. The severity of an individuals reaction to CVD is mainly attributed to the make up of their DNA.
Developing CVD is sometimes unavoidable because an individuals age, gender, and heredity can increase an individuals chances for complications from heart disease. Age, contrary to popular belief, influence of these factors have been found to develop earlier as a “result of our pitifully degraded, artificial, and overly processed food supply, the early stages of heart disease have now been found to actually begin in childhood” (Integrated). Opposed to the middle age demographic that has been wid...

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... to live a longer life than what was expected if they continued down the path of unhealthy habits.

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