Until a few decades ago, heart disease was considered to be a show stopper and terminal. Subsequently, this meant that any abnormality in the heart was expected to progress ending into death.
The statistics of heart disease is quite alarming:
- Every 20 seconds once, a human being is affected by heart attack.
- In any given population, one in four have some kind of a heart problem
- For every 34 seconds, a human being dies of heart disease
- Heart disease takes more life than all other seven leading causes of death put together
- People with physical inactivity were found to be 81% more prone to heart diseases
- People who were found to have high fat diet were 50% more prone to heart diseases
- Oxidative stress plays a major role in inducing endothelial dysfunction and is also involved in different stages of atherosclerotic plaque formation leading to the onset of coronary heart disease and stroke.
- A 2011 European Heart Journal review of 15 medical studies involving almost 475,000 people found that short sleepers had a 48% increased risk of developing from coronary heart disease (CHD). Interestingly, long sleepers, those who averaged nine or more hours a night also showed a 38% increased risk of developing CHD and a 65% increased risk of stroke.
- High blood pressure nearly triples a risk of heart attack as narrowed blood vessels force the heart to work harder, slowly wearing it out.
- Elevated homocysteine is a known risk factor for renal dysfunction inhibits the formation of blood vessels.
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