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Your Heart and Heart Disease

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  • Monitoring Your Risk

    Monitoring Your Risk

    Monday, September 29 2003 3:04 PM EDT2003-09-29 19:04:19 GMT
    The only way to know how well you're reducing your heart health risks is to monitor them. This means having checkups and lab tests as often as needing and making some lifestyle changes.More >>
  • Risks You Can Control

    Riska You Can Control

    Monday, September 29 2003 3:04 PM EDT2003-09-29 19:04:19 GMT
    Many things can put you at risk for heart disease or a heart attack. Some factors, such as your age or a family history of heart disease, can't be changed. But there are other risks that you can control.More >>
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    What is diabetes?

    Monday, September 29 2003 3:04 PM EDT2003-09-29 19:04:19 GMT
    Diabetes mellitus is a group of diseases characterized by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action, or both. Diabetes can be associated with serious complications and premature death, but people with diabetes can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications. More >>

A Healthy Heart at Work:
Your heart pumps blood to all parts of your body. Your blood picks up oxygen from the lungs and then travels back to the heart. From there, oxygen-rich blood is pumped to the rest of your body through a network of arteries. To do its job, your heart also needs oxygen-rich blood. Your heart receives this blood from the coronary arteries. These blood vessels wrap around the heart. like all arteries in your body, coronary arteries need to remain healthy and unblocked to carry enough blood. Controlling your blood sugar helps keep them healthy.

When the Cornary Arteries Can't Carry Enough Blood:
Arteries in the heart may not carry enough blood to keep the heart healthy. When this problem occurs, it is called coronary artery disease, or heart disease. It starts with damage to the lining of an artery wall. The artery then narrows. Over time, it may become totally blocked and cause a heart attack (when part of the heart dies).

How High Blood Sugar Adds to the Damage:
High blood sugar may cause the walls of the arteries to become rough. This allows fatty substances to build up in the walls of an artery. More plaque may then form in these walls. Controlling your blood sugar can help slow or prevent this damage.



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