Tag: CHD

Lipid disorders

Lipid disorders

Perhaps the most well-established and well-studied risk factors for CHD are abnormalities in blood cholesterol and lipid levels. The typical diet consumed in Western societies contains between 50 and 100 g of fat and 0.5 g of cholesterol. These fats are not water soluble and are transported in the blood in association with lipoproteins. Abnormalities [...]

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Diabetes mellitus and the Metabolic syndrome

Diabetes mellitus and the Metabolic syndrome

Diabetes mellitus, a condition marked by fasting blood glucose (sugar) levels of 126 mg/dl or higher, is not only a well-established risk factor for CHD but also a disease that is becoming more prevalent at an alarming rate. This is largely due to the increasing prevalence of obesity as well as the aging of the [...]

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Smoking

Smoking

Cigarette smoking is the most important preventable risk factor for CHD. It remains the major preventable cause of early death, disability, and health expense in the United States accounting for over 400,000 deaths each year. Estimates suggest that 11% of deaths in women are attributable to smoking and that one in four women smoke. The [...]

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Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary Artery Disease

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women in this country, claiming the lives of over half a million women each year. Women present with coronary heart disease (CHD) events on average 10 years later than men, but have a steady rise in the incidence of myocardial infarction (MI) or “heart attacks” as [...]

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