Coronary heart disease is the number one killer of both women and men in the United States. Coronary heart disease, otherwise known as coronary artery disease, is a disease in which a waxy substance called plaque (plak) builds up inside the coronary arteries. These arteries supply oxygen-rich blood to your heart muscle. When plaque builds up in the arteries, the condition is called atherosclerosis. The buildup of plaque occurs over many years.
Because many lifestyle habits begin during childhood, parents and families should encourage their children to make heart healthy choices. Following a healthy lifestyle, including maintaining a healthy weight, following a healthy diet, including physical activity into your routine and not smoking, from an early age can help you and your children prevent or control many CHD risk factors.
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