Did you know heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in the United States? It’s a scary, but true, statistic. One in 4 women in the United States will die of heart disease.
There are endless factors that can affect your heart health and not all of these factors are within your control. But there’s one factor that is, and it’s a big one—your weight.
Coronary heart disease occurs when the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle become hardened and narrowed due to a buildup of plaque on the arteries’ inner walls. Plaque is the accumulation of fat, cholesterol, and other substances.
As plaque continues to build up in the arteries, blood flow to the heart is reduced. This can cause a plethora of issues. Heart attacks happen when the arteries become completely blocked and can no longer deliver oxygen and vital nutrients to the heart muscle, which causes the heart muscle to die and can result in overall heart failure, arrhythmias, or even death.
So what does weight have to do with heart disease? Obesity is associated with many risk factors that can lead to heart disease including high cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Obesity can serve as a warning that your organs might be in trouble, and you’re likely at risk of an unhealthy heart. Research shows that central belly fat, or an increase in waist to hip ratio, also translates to an increase in the type of fat that encases your internal organs and is associated with a higher risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Here are a few ways to improve your heart health by improving your lifestyle and focusing on a heart-healthy weight.
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