Essay on On Heart Disease

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On Heart Disease

Coronary heart disease makes up 56% of all deaths relating to heart conditions. The heart pumps blood around the body carrying oxygen and other essential nutrients to the areas in the body where they are needed.1 Coronary Heart disease is when this process is restricted or interrupted. The coronary arteries come off the main aorta, which are the first arteries to receive freshly oxygenated blood. They pass over the surface of the heart and supply it with oxygen. The process becomes restricted because the walls of the arteries become narrowed by a gradual build-up of atheroma (fatty material). This can quite often result in serious illness or death.3

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However, if the smoker was uninformed of the harmful effects of smoking, then it can't be the smoker's fault. Many years ago people actually thought that smoking was good for you. This was because little scientific research had been done into the effects of smoking. The responsibility should have been that of the tobacco companies and the government. This meant that people had been misled into thinking that smoking was beneficial to their health, which means that if they developed heart disease, then this was the fault of the tobacco companies and the government. Recently in America smokers have attempted to sue tobacco companies on this basis.12

Personally I think that if heart disease has developed in a smoker at this time then it is the fault of the smoker. There are warnings on the front of all cigarette packets now and everyone is educated on the effects of smoking.

If a person has a high intake of LDL (low density lipoprotein), a high intake of alcohol, and generally a poor diet then they will have a high risk of developing coronary heart disease. The process of coronary heart disease begins when the coronary arteries become narrowed by a build-up of fatty material. This condition is called atherosclerosis. If this process continues the arteries may become too narrow to deliver the oxygen rich blood that the heart
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