Integrated Nutrition Center
Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure
Making Changes to Prevent Heart Disease Your heart is a vital organ that keeps your body functioning. Unfortunately, many people don't treat it that way. They may not realize that their daily habits and lifestyle can overwork and damage their heart. So, take care of your heart and yourself. Start by making the following lifestyle changes.
Atherosclerosis Atherosclerosis is a type of thickening or hardening of the arteries caused by a buildup of plaque in the inner lining of an artery. It can increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other circulatory conditions.
Diet to Help Prevent Heart Disease The Choose My Plate plan from the federal government is a guideline to help you eat a healthy diet.
High Blood Pressure/Hypertension High blood pressure, or hypertension, increases the risk for coronary heart disease (heart attack) and stroke (brain attack).
Managing High Blood Pressure with the DASH Diet Following the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet reduced blood pressure. This diet is low in saturated fat, cholesterol and total fat and emphasizes fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products.
Cholesterol in the Blood The cholesterol in your blood comes from the foods you eat and your liver. Your liver makes all of the cholesterol your body needs.