Coronary heart disease is the single leading cause of death in the world today.Since 1990, more people have died from coronary heart disease than from any other cause. In your lifetime, it’s highly likely this deadly disease will affect you or someone you love.
Along with several other risk factors, elevated LDL cholesterol and abnormal triglyceride levels strongly correlate as root causes of coronary heart disease.
Heart disease can strike in 2 ways: a blockage in the body’s vessels that shuts off blood flow to the heart (heart attack) or a blockage that stops blood flow to the brain (stroke).
And as sudden as a heart attack or stroke might come on, the conditions that lead to them are often years—if not decades—in the making. For many, the beginning of their cardiovascular system’s problems can be traced as far back as their childhood, and poor health habits only increase the onset of disease.
While genetics and other factors you can’t control play a part, 80%–90% of people dying from coronary heart disease have one or more major risk factors influenced by lifestyle.
Only by knowing what they are can you begin to do something about them.