Coronary arteries are the ones that we try to keep clear by eating a healthy diet. If coronary arteries are blocked, a heart attack can result. Keeping one’s weight down is just the beginning of the benefits of eating lots of fruit and vegetables.
They can keep blood pressure down, reduce the risk of certain cancers such as mouth cancer and prostate cancer, maintain a healthy digestive system, aid in insulin regulation in diabetics and keep macular degeneration at bay. And if you eat enough salad, fruit and vegetables, your chances of dying from heart disease or stroke are cut dramatically.
Vegetables can actually prevent your arteries from getting clogged. A long-term study of more than 100,000 people found that subjects who ate at least eight servings of vegetables a day were 30 percent less likely to develop heart disease than subjects who ate 1.5 servings.
At some point in your life, either you or one of your loved ones will be forced to make decisions about some aspect of heart disease. Knowing something about how to maintain a healthy heart and, in particular, how angina and heart attacks work, will enable you to make better decisions about your health.
Heart disease can strike suddenly and require you to make decisions quickly. Being informed in advance of an emergency is a valuable asset to you and your family.