Heart Failure

Everything You Should Know

Did You know

According to the American Heart Association, over 6.5 million people in the United States are suffering from heart failure (HF). It’s mortality rate is about 50%. Therefore, at an age of 45, white male Americans have a 30 percent chance of developing heart disease whereas white women have a 32% chance.

What are the causes of Heart Disease?

Development of Plaque

Plaque is a waxy substance composed of unsaturated fats, minerals, and cholesterol. Plaque builds up in the blood vessels and arteries, which hinders blood flow to the heart. This stops the heart from receiving necessary nutrients and oxygen.

Indication of Heart Failure

Due to plaque, the heart is unable to pump blood efficiently and cannot satisfy the body’s requirements. Shortness of breath and exhaustion are two indications of heart failure.

Risk Factors of Heart Disease A combination of risk factors needs to be considered in determining that you are not really at risk of a heart attack. You also had no control regarding two of such factors: genetic inheritance and age.

Healthy Diet for Heart Patients

The way your body works especially, your heart, can be controlled by what you eat and what is your daily diet.

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Heart Friendly Foods to Eat

A healthy diet for heart patients includes the following foods Lean meats, fish, dairy products with low fats, skinless poultry, whole grains, eggs (per week six), legumes, nuts and beans and olive oil (plant based oil). Above food has empty calories and they have low saturated fats. At any meal ensure that your dish is half filled and includes a range of vegetables. Frozen and canned fruit and vegetables could be substituted for fresh variants as well as they are sugar and salt free.