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This paper explores the causes and consequences of heart disease through a general overview of this deadly yet often preventable condition. Statistics are given which show how many Americans are affected by heart disease annually. Then the causes of heart disease are described, such as congenital conditions, lifestyle risks or both. It also gives a breakdown of which ethnic groups suffer most from heart disease. Suggestions are made for preventing heart disease such as diet and exercise. Although medications may also help, the paper concludes by stating that lifestyle changes are the most important factor in reducing heart disease.
From the Paper:"Some individuals are born with defects that can lead to serious heart complications and disease. Although risk for heart disease increases with age, children born with congenital heart defects may develop heart disease at a younger age than the general population. Individuals who increase their risk by smoking or becoming overweight may develop heart disease at a relatively young age. Women are more likely to develop heart disease after menopause because of the lack of estrogen production ("The Heart Truth")."
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Heart Disease - The Number One Killer (2010, December 15) Retrieved September 24, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/descriptive-essay/heart-disease-the-number-one-killer-146069/
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