Heart Disease Is The Most Common Cause Of Death

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People all around the world pass away every day for numerous reasons. Maybe it was a natural death, or an accident, or a really bad sickness. However more often than not, heart disease is the most common cause of death. Heart disease affects people of all ages, race, and gender. Heart disease can be defined as “any condition of the heart that impairs its function,” (dictionary.com). These conditions include heart attack, stroke, and heart failure. Heart disease in general, is the most prevalent cause of death across the globe. Heart disease can be linked to many other health factors including nutrition and diet. An unhealthy diet can lead to numerous problems, but in most cases it will cause some sort of heart disease. Although…show more content…
In the U.S, the southeastern states lead the U.S in cardiovascular deaths. It is suggested that because of the diet “high in saturated fats and salty foods” (healthline) the southeast has a greater number of heart disease deaths than the rest of the country. In fact, the World Heart Federation estimates that diet influences about 31 percent of coronary heart disease worldwide. Also, individuals who follow a diet consisting of mostly saturated fats are 30 percent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease. A person’s diet is often underestimated as a risk factor for heart disease, however that is not necessarily the case. Many risk factors such as obesity and high blood pressure can be traced back to the individual’s diet. A piece of common advice by health care professions is often reduce the amount of fat and cholesterol in the diet. This is probably the most important when trying to prevent heart disease because “unhealthy fats can cause the buildup of plaque in your blood vessels, particularly your arteries.” (livestrong) This plaque can cause a blockage in the arteries, preventing blood from getting to the heart which often leads to heart attacks. A diet consisting of a lot of saturated fats can end up increasing cholesterol levels which also contributes to the build up of plaque. Another major component of diet that is related to heart health is a person’s sodium intake. According to the American Heart Association
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