Causes of Heart Disease – What You Need to Know

Heart disease begins when there is damage to the inner layers and the lining of the heart’s arteries. Causes of heart disease include: Smoking (includes secondhand) Increased amounts of sugar due to diabetes Particular kinds of fats in the blood (high cholesterol) Inactivity Poor hygiene Age Hypertension (high blood pressure) Obesity Genetics Poor diet Stress Gender – men are typically at a greater risk of suffering with CHD; however, a woman’s risk increases after menopause Inflammation of the Blood Vessels When damage occurs to the arteries, plaque can begin building up. This buildup can even begin during childhood. As time passes, this plaque can solidify or rupture. Hardened Plaque This…