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What is Cardiovascular Disease?


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A way to prevent Cardiovascular disease is not to smoke and if you do smoke, talk with your health care provider if you need help quitting. We should also cut back on foods that are high in saturated fat and cholesterol. Check blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and keep them under control. One should exercise at least 30 minutes a day on most (if not all) days of the week. And if you are overweight, loose it and keep a healthy weight. Some say that a good diet is the best way to prevent cardiovascular disease. There are some herbs and supplements that are specially good for CVD, those foods include garlic, which has a strong cholesterol and blood pressure lowering effect. Onions and cayenne pepper have milder effects. Garlic also lowers blood clotting potential. Soybeans and Soy products have a positive effect on cholesterol and arteriosclerosis and are low in fat. Buckwheat, sunflower seeds, okra, potatoes, asparagus, apples, bananas, and linseed oil are all also good foods that reduce cardiovascular disease risk. Some Doctors say that a diet of only fruit and vegetables for a week or two is a good way to re alkalinize our body and blood, which aids detoxification and lowers blood fats. A physical exam is also something we should all take.

Recommended Number of Physical Exams For Healthy Individual


  • 20's- One exam every five years

  • 30's- One exam every three to four years

  • 40's - One exam every two to three years

  • 50's- One exam every two years

  • 60's- One exam annually

Overall the dietary suggestions to prevent cardiovascular disease

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables

  • Eat more whole grains

  • Use low-fat snacks

  • Reduce overall fat intake

  • Reduce cholesterol intake to less than 300mg. per day

  • Reduce daily consumption of egg yolks

  • Use low-fat or non-fat milk products

  • Avoid red meats; eliminate all cured meats and lunch meats

  • Limit the use of nuts and seeds

  • Avoid excess intake of avocados, olives, crab, and shrimp

  • Eat more cold water fish, such as sardines and salmon

  • Use fresh monounsaturated mechanically pressed oils, such as olive of flay seed oils, to provide the essential fatty acids

Prevention is Top Priority!!!!!!!!!!




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This site was created by Marco Galaz in fulfillment of requirements for the course CSS 335: Latino Health Issues taught by Dr. Szkupinski Quiroga at Arizona State University, Spring 2005.