10 Things You Never Knew About Heart Disease
Heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States.
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is related to a process called atherosclerosis, a condition that develops when plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries. The build-up narrows the arteries, making it harder for blood to flow through. Eventually a blood clot may form; it can stop the blood flow which can cause a heart attack or stroke.
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Stay away from foods that are bad for your heart, like sugar. “Sugar is the fastest way to raise your cholesterol/triglycerides,” Amie Skilton, Naturopath, Nutritionist, Herbalist, says. Other foods you should avoid include soda, refined carbohydrates and margarine.