• WHAT IS A CARDIOVASSCULAR DISEASE?
• THE HEARTS FUNCTION
• HOW CAN WE KEEP OUR HEART HEALTHY?
• HOW CAN WE REDUCE THE RISK FOR HEART DISEASE?
• CONCLUSIONWHAT IS A CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE?
Cardiovascular diseases are conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, deep veinthrombosis, and stroke. Some of these conditions, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, have no obvious symptoms, but some may have symptoms such as pain, confusion, swelling, or shortness ofbreath. It's important to know your risk factors for these cardiovascular conditions and what you can do to avoid a diagnosis or manage an existing condition.
THE HEART’S FUNCTION
The roleof the heart is to pump oxygen-rich blood to every living cell in the body. In order to achieve its goal, it must continuously beat for a person’s entire lifespan. Because of its vital role, anon-beating heart always results in death. The human heart beats approximately 80,000 to 100,000 a day and pumps almost 2,000 gallons of blood. This means that in a person’s life lasting 70 to 90 years, theheart beats approximately two to three billion times and pumps 50 to 65 million gallons of blood. Because the heart is so essential for human sustenance, it is made up of a muscle different fromskeletal muscle that allows it to constantly beat.
HOW CAN WE KEEP OUR HEART HEALTHY?
1) Manage Your Diet and Weight
A poor diet often leads to obesity, and obesity can be very damagingto the heart and vascular system (especially when it is accompanied by a sedentary lifestyle).
2) Get Plenty of Exercise
A sedentary lifestyle is very bad for the entire cardiovascularsystem, and it can also contribute to metabolic problems, such as high cholesterol and high blood sugar. Getting plenty of exercise is one of the best things you can do for your heart.
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