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.