BY COURTNEY HALL
WHAT IS CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH
The term cardiovascular disease (CVD) is used to describe many different conditions affecting the heart and blood vessels. The most common and serious types of CVD in Australia are coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke and heart failure.
Cardiovascular health was one of the first national health priority areas (NHPA), being added in 1996. This is because of its massive affect on the Australian population. Cardiovascular disease is the single leading cause of death in Australia killing an Australian every 12 minutes.
CAUSES OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES
A diet with high levels of saturated and trans fats puts you more at risk of heart disease. A diet high in cholesterol is going to raise you blood cholesterol levells, moving you closer and closer to coronary artery disease. A high blood cholesterol level can lead to a buildup of plaques in your arteries, called atherosclerosis, which can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.
you might have to take medication or even get surgery.