A Study On Heart Disease

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For my first project of this nutrition course, I am choosing the number one leading cause of death in the United States, heart disease. I am choosing to do my project on heart disease for several reasons. First, heart disease is very common on my father 's side of the family. Both of my father 's parents have been diagnosed with heart disease and my father himself has been diagnosed with high blood pressure, which is a precursor to developing heart disease. Also, by doing my project on heart disease, I hop that I can learn some ways in which I can prevent myself from developing heart disease, since it is prevalent on my father 's side of the family. The final reason I chose heart disease as my main topic is because since it is the leading cause of death in the United States, I feel more people should be aware of it and which steps they can take to help prevent themselves and their families from developing this disease. Cardiovascular disease, or more commonly referred to as heart disease, is a type of disease that concerns the heart, the blood vessels, or even both. Heart disease is actually a rather broad term, some common types of heart disease are: strokes, endocarditis, atrial fibrillation, aortic aneurysms, hypersensitive heart disease, congenital heart disease, peripheral artery disease, and many other heart or blood vessel diseases. All of these heart disease start off from the process of atherosclerosis. This is a condition that starts when plaque starts to

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