Saturated fat

Jan 25 by

Heart diseases often come in a variety of life threatening forms. All these heart diseases are commonly referred to as the cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). These CVDs include several diseases like high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, stroke, rheumatic heart disease, artery diseases, pulmonary heart disease, and congenital cardiovascular defects.

Coronary heart disease

Coronary heart disease which is also referred to as coronary artery disease (CAD), is the most common form of heart disease and represents about 54 percent of all the CVDs. The CAD includes chest pain from narrowing of blood vessels, and myocardial infarction (MI). This is what is known as a heart attack, due to the complete blocking of blood supply to the heart. It is possible for a person to have more one cardiovascular disease at the same time.

But how is all this caused and what causes all these problems? The main component that causes all these is the bad cholesterol that is present in excess within our body. The cholesterol that we consume is of 2 different types. One is the “good cholesterol” and the other type is the “bad cholesterol”.

Good vs Bad

The good one is called HDL and the bad one is named as LDL. When the LDL level within the body increases, all these problems start to occur. This leads to decrease in the HDL levels as well. The increase in LDL and decrease in HDL can be caused by several substances but the main product is saturated fat. This saturated fat is not good for health and definitely not good for your heart and it can affect you very badly over time.


It causes “plaque” which is formed in a variety of shapes and sizes. Small plaques accumulate throughout the arteries in body and are very difficult to detect. However doctors can more easily identify the large and hardened plaques in the coronary arteries.
Even small plaque buildups are also very harmful like their “cousins”, the thicker and harder plaques.

Researchers have now determined that these smaller plaques are less solid on the outside and hence are very much less stable. These small and unstable plaques are much more prone to rupture and damage. After the damage, they release the cholesterol mass into the bloodstream. This concentrated cholesterol contributes to formation of blood clots found on the outside skin. This is very dangerous as this is the first symptoms for heart attack.

So saturated fats can affect the heart and the body on a large scale. They can, however, be avoided and reduced by changing your diet plan. Regular exercising and aerobic activities like cycling, jogging and swimming improve your heart condition and efficiency and help it to attain a longer and healthier life.

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