Heart Disease
(Coronary Heart Disease – CHD & Cardiovascular Disease - CVD)

WHAT IS HEART DISEASE?

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the general term used to describe all the diseases in relation to the heart and blood vessels. Heart disease or coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common form of cardiovascular disease. Heart disease occurs when the blood supplied to the heart is partially or completely blocked. This is caused by a build up of cholesterol and plaque in the walls of the arteries. If the arteries become completely blocked, a heart attack can occur.

Some risk factors for developing heart disease include increasing age, male gender, family history of heart disease, being overweight or obese, diabetes, smoking, inactive lifestyle, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

HOW WE CAN HELP YOU

Nutritional strategies will be developed to help manage and reduce your risk of heart disease. During the assessment, an in depth analysis will be conducted, with a focus on your weight and body measurements, blood test results and diet history. An individualised plan will be developed, taking into account your lifestyle, culture and eating habits to ensure achievable goals.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Heart Foundation
Heart Disease – Diabetes Australia

REFERENCES

Crowe, T., Smith, D., Walsh, A., Whitney, E. & Rolfes, S. (2014). Understanding nutrition: Australian and New Zealand. South Melbourne, Vic: Cengage Learning.
Mahan, L., Stump, S., Raymond, J. & Krause, M. (2012). Krause's food & the nutrition care process. St. Louis, Mo: Elsevier/Saunders
PEN. (2014). Cardiovascular Disease: Background. Retrieved 18 January, 2017, from http://www.pennutrition.com/KnowledgePathway.aspx?kpid=2671&trid=15643&trcatid=38