Smoking

  • Smoking can cause your blood to thicken and be more likely to clot. Since
  • Smoking exposes you to carbon monoxide, the chemical robs your blood and triggers a build-up of plaque in your arteries.
  • The longer you smoke, the higher your risk of heart disease and heart attack increases

Unhealthy Diet

  • An unhealthy diet can dramatically increase your risk for CHD.
  • Foods high in saturated and trans fats can raise your LDL cholesterol level.
  • A high-sodium diet (salts) and alcohol can raise your blood pressure

Physical Activity

  • Statistics show that less 1 in 5 American women get enough exercise to prevent heart disease. In-activeness is a major risk factor for heart disease.
  • Physical activity can help keep your blood vessels flexible and open so blood can be evenly pumped throughout your body
  • A lot physical activity can contribute to feelings of anxiety and depression.
  • People who are less active and less fit have a greater risk of developing high blood pressure.

Stress/Depression

  • Stress can play a major role in causing CHD and Broken Heart Syndrome. Long-term stress and emotionally upsetting events can trigger heart attacks.
  • People who are depressed, are two to three times more likely to develop CHD than people who are not.
  • “Exercising, maintaining a positive attitude, not smoking, not drinking too much coffee, enjoying a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight are good ways to deal with stress” -Dr. Schiffrin, Canada research chair in hypertension and vascular research at Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research.

 

Websites Used

  1. https://www.womenshealth.gov/heart-disease-and-stroke/heart-disease/heart-disease-risk-factors/behaviors
  2. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/hdw/atrisk
  3. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/in-depth/heart-disease/art-20046167?pg=1
  4. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/in-depth/heart-disease/art-20046167?pg=2
  5. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/StressManagement/HowDoesStressAffectYou/Stress-and-Heart-Health_UCM_437370_Article.jsp#.WZzEYpN97-Y
  6. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/cardiovascular_diseases/risks_of_physical_inactivity_85,p00218/