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Fat, Cholesterol and Heart Disease

Heart disease is in the US, as in most westernized countries, the nation’s leading cause of death, killing one in every three Americans. Over seven million Americans suffer from angina pectoris and its severe, recurring pain caused by partial blockage of the coronary arteries. One in three men can expect to develop a cardiovascular disease before the age of 60. Several different factors contribute to the risk of developing heart disease. High blood pressure, diabetes […]

Saturated vs Unsaturated Fat in Our Diet

We have heard it so many times that fat and cholesterol are bad for our health. Fat makes us overweight and may be linked to certain types of cancer. Too much cholesterol, on the other hand, can lead to a heart attack. However, there is good and bad news in this. Although we now have to worry about the kind of fat we eat, we do not need to eliminate every bit of it from […]

Possible Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

With growing research indicating that dark chocolate has cardiovascular and other health benefits that box of candy you gave your loved one as a present may be more than just a taste treat. Scientists studying the health benefits of chocolate have found that antioxidant chemicals in the cocoa plant (from which fruits chocolate is made) help improve blood flow, thus reducing the likelihood that blood clots will form and cause strokes or heart attacks. Several […]

Coronary Artery Disease – Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Coronary artery disease (CAD), also commonly referred to as coronary heart disease, is a health condition in which plaque affixes itself to the walls of the coronary arteries. Over time, accumulated plaque can create blockages in these blood vessels, preventing the natural flow of oxygen-rich blood to the heart from the lungs. The plaque that causes coronary artery disease is made up predominantly of lipids, cholesterol and calcium. After adhering to the walls of a […]

Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment of Angina

Angina pectoris is the pain or pressure in the chest, shoulders, jaw, neck or back caused by the small arteries not carrying enough oxygen and nutrients to the heart muscle. Angina can sometimes be mistaken for an upset stomach. Angina is often a symptom of coronary heart (or artery) disease. Coronary heart disease is the most common form of heart disease and it is caused by build-up on the walls of your coronary arteries. Plaque […]

Causes, Symptoms and Treatment of Aneurysm

An aneurysm is a medical condition which is due to an inflated sac inside an artery. Normally arteries are sturdy as they have to withstand average blood pressure. However, artery walls can be affected by some medical problems, genetic conditions or trauma. An aneurysm can result from the pressure of blood pushing against weakened or damaged walls of an artery resulting in a rupture or a dissection. An aneurysm can rupture allowing blood to flow […]

Causes, Symptoms and Treatment of Heart Failure

When the heart cannot pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs, this is known as heart failure (also known as congestive heart failure). Sometimes the heart cannot fill with enough blood, sometimes the heart cannot pump the blood with enough force to reach the entire body and sometimes people with heart failure have both problems. It should be noted that heart failure does not mean that your heart has stopped working or is going […]

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