Each day the average heart beats 100,000 times and pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood. So it’s important to make sure your heart is operating at an optimal level for a long life.
The most common cause of heart disease is coronary artery disease which refers to a buildup of plaque in the arteries. Over time it can lead to narrowing of arteries and risk of a heart attack.
“CAD, also called atherosclerotic heart disease is damage or disease in the major arteries supplying blood and nutrients to the muscle of the heart usually caused by a build-up of plaque in the arteries. The plaque restricts blood flow and can eventually lead to a heart attack if becomes severe,” said Melanie Grgurich, DO, Northeast Family Health.
Most coronary artery disease is preventable says Dr. Grgurich.
“You can reduce your risk factors by not smoking or using tobacco products, eating a heart-healthy diet, limiting alcohol use, managing health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Also, increasing activity level such as walking for 30 minutes 5 times per week,” said Grgurich.”
It’s also good to know your cholesterol and blood pressure numbers and maintain a healthy weight. These are all ways to help reduce your risk of heart disease.