Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in most industrialized countries. Stroke is #4. Health research has identified several important factors that are linked to the development of coronary heart disease and stroke. By identifying any risk factors you may have and by taking some action to prevent developing coronary heart disease and stroke, you may be able to reduce your risk.
It is important to know that there are some things you cannot control. The following are closely related to increased risk:
If you are overweight, you are not alone. We live in a world that discourages physical activity and encourages overeating. Today, people move less, eat out more, and eat larger servings. The result is a growing rate of obesity in the United States.
What is cholesterol? It is a waxy, fat-like substance that naturally exists in the cells of the body. There are two main types of cholesterol: "good" or HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) and "bad" or LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein). Having abnormal levels of cholesterol can put you at a higher risk for heart disease, a heart attack, or a stroke.