Omega 3 Fatty Acids And Heart Disease Prevention

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Omega 3 Fatty Acids And Heart Disease Prevention

As heart disease continues to be one of the leading causes of death for Americans each year, scientists and the society as a whole strive to find effective ways of preventing this sometimes stoppable killer. Every thirty-two seconds a person in the United States dies from cardiovascular disease. That is over 900,000 Americans die each year from this killer. Coronary heart disease is one of the diseases grouped with cerebrovascular disease and peripheral artery disease under the group heading, cardiovascular disease. Coronary heart disease kills thousands of Americans every year and is mostly preventable. 1.5 million Americans have heart attacks each year. (Kaplan, Sal1lis, Patterson, 1993) There are many risk factors for coronary heart disease including being overweight, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels in the blood, genetic history of the disease, a high fat diet, a high stress lifestyle, and smoking. The main cause of coronary heart disease is a buildup of plaque in the artery walls called atherosclerosis. Once the buildup causes an obstruction in the artery where the blood cant flow normally, the patient has a myocardial infarction, commonly referred to as a heart attack.

The best proven way to prevent the onset of heart disease is through behavioral measures. The risk of developing heart disease can be prevented in many ways. People have to form habits in their lifestyle which conform to preventing it. The goals of these preventive behaviors are to lower blood pressure , control the level of low density lipoproteins (LDLs) and cholesterol in the blood , reduce the percentage of fat in body tissue and in the blood, have a strong and healthy heart, and to increa...

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