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Cardiovascular Disease

What is Ischemic Heart Disease And What Are Its Risk Factors?

What is Ischemic heart disease

Ischemic heart disease in Singapore is the most common type of cardiovascular disease that results in death. However, it is not a term that many people are familiar with.

What is Ischemic Heart Disease

Also known as Myocardial ischemia, ischemic heart disease is a condition where the blood flow to the heart is reduced and the heart muscles do not receive enough oxygen to function properly. The cause of reduced blood flow to the heart is a narrowed or complete blockage of the heart arteries. These issues are also known as coronary artery disease and coronary heart disease. It is a condition that can lead to a heart attack if there is a sudden and severe blockage of the heart’s arteries.

What Are Ischemic Heart Disease Risk Factors?

Ischemic heart disease can lead to serious heart issues (such as abnormal heart rhythms) if it remains untreated. However, taking preventive measures to address risk factors and reduce the chances of developing this dangerous heart disease would arguably be better.

Here are some of the risk factors that contributes to Ischemia.

Smoking

We are aware that smoking is not healthily and may lead to many serious health issues, some of them being cardiovascular conditions. Long-term smokers are at higher risk of getting ischemia due to frequent exposure to smoke that can damage the inside walls of the arteries.

High Cholesterol Level

Having a high level of cholesterol can lead to many health issues. One of the reasons a person may have high cholesterol level is having a diet that is high in saturated fats. A high level of cholesterol can be a major factor in this disease because plaques made up mostly of cholesterol build up and block the coronary arteries.

Obesity

Many serious complications are connected with obesity, including sleep apnea, heart disease, strokes, knee problems, etc. That is why it is not a surprise that obesity is also one of the risk factors that can lead to ischemic heart disease.

Lack of exercise

We should get at least 30 minutes of physical activity 5 days a week. There are many benefits that we will gain if we exercise. Lack of movement in our daily routine can cause major health issues.

Ideas For Exercise Routines To Keep Your Heart Healthy

Not sure what kind of exercises will be good for your heart and for keeping ischemia heart disease at bay? The Singapore Heart Foundation has resources to help you plan out an exercise routine that you might find useful.

This article is informative only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.