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The Best Way to Prevent a Heart Attack or a Stroke

By Randy Collins Subscribe to RSS | January 19th 2012 | Views:
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Heart attacks have become very common today, and so have strokes. The increasing incidence of vascular diseases is quite alarming as it is estimated that there are millions of people who are prone to heart attacks and strokes. Let us try to understand how and why it happens. The cardio vascular system is quite complex and performs the vital function of carrying oxygen, which is the life giver, to all the parts of the body and in turn to every cell in the human body. The process starts with a breath that is inhaled and oxygen from the air is absorbed by the lungs and in the blood gets oxygenated and carries it to all parts of the body. It gets pumped by the heart which pumps ceaselessly. The heart is a miracle pump unlike any manmade pump; it keeps on pumping without a break because if it does take a break that would be the end of the story.

Everything is just fine as long as the heart keeps pumping blood and oxygen reaches all the cells in the body; however complications arise when there is obstruction. There are numerous blood vessels in the body that carry blood, and 3 primary blood vessels that carry blood to the heart muscles itself. When there is a constriction in the blood vessels circulation becomes difficult. The constriction is actually caused by narrowing of the arteries.The food that we eat contains fat and oil which is present in fatty foods like dairy products and some kinds of meat. Over a period of time, due to poor metabolism, the fat is retained in the body and gets converted into a substance called cholesterol. The reason for this can be attributed a sedentary lifestyle with little or no exercise. The cholesterol is actually present in the blood which carries it along when it gets circulated. It takes a long time for the cholesterol in the blood to start getting deposited on the inner walls of the arteries through which it flows.

There are several signals that can warn us of excess cholesterol in the body. One important symptom or signal would be gaining weight steadily due to overeating. The excess weight leads to obesity which is a definite signal that there is too much fat deposited in the body. A periodic check and specific blood tests to detect the levels of cholesterol would reveal the high levels of cholesterol in the blood. One would get breathless while carrying out ridiculously simple tasks like tying one's shoe laces. Or a brisk walk for just a couple of minutes could have a person gasping for breath and feeling very uncomfortable. These symptoms should never be taken lightly. What is actually happening inside the body is that blood flow to the heart is getting restricted due to the narrowing of the arteries. As less oxygen reaches the cells of the heart muscle the heart finds it harder to beat. When the strain on the heart becomes unbearable due decreased blood flow and insufficient oxygen, the result is catastrophic.

As the cholesterol levels become too high the deposits in the inner walls of the arteries increase to an extent to cause either a partial or complete block. This may happen in any of the 3 main arteries that carry blood to the heart or even in all 3 simultaneously. This could result in a massive heart attack which could turn out to be fatal unless expert medical attention is provided within the golden period. If the block develops in the artery supplying blood to the brain, it results in either a partial stroke or in worse cases a stroke that can result in hemorrhage in the brain and instant death.

It is high time that we gave importance to the food we eat and to change our lifestyle habits and include a regimen of exercise combined with moderate eating. A well balanced diet and proper exercise can keep heart attacks and strokes at bay. More information related to health and wellness are available on various web portals that can be accessed by Verizon FiOS Internet.

Randy Collins - About Author:
Randy Collins is a freelance author who believes that prevention is much better than cure and that healthy lifestyle habits make a lot of difference to the quality of life. He keeps himself updated by browsing the internet and likes to spread awareness. He prefers to browse on Verizon FiOS Bundles.

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