Robert Marawa revealed on Podcast with McGee that he has suffered three heart attacks. A heart attack or myocardial infarction occurs when plaques that have built overtime along the sides of the artery walls become so plentiful that they obstruct the blood flow to the heart muscle or when an insignificant buildup of plaque suddenly erupts and the body sensing an injury produces clots around the rapture. These clots which the body produces to prevent serious bleeding then obstruct blood flow to the heart muscle.
The second type of heart attack is more likely to lead to sudden death than the first. With the first, the gradual buildup of the plaques lead to angina. Angina is a symptom of coronary artery disease and is a chest pain that occurs when blood flow to the heart is limited and not completely cut off.
A patient will then present at the doctor's office or at a hospital with a chest pain and the situation will be attended to either by medication or by the insertion of a stent. A stent is a metal that is placed in an artery to prevent the arteries from narrowing and thus preventing blood blockages to the heart.
The second type of heart attack is normally more fatal because the patient is not even aware they have heart disease. They have no symptoms and thus are unable to deal with the disease before it leads to a heart attack. This case is similar to the one suffered by Bollywood actor, Sidharth Shukla who died aged 40 from a sudden heart attack.
Plaques are usually formed by a process called aresthorosis. This is when the blood has more cholesterol than it requires and so this excess cholesterol then forms along the walls of the arteries. Excess cholesterol is caused by eating a diet full of saturated fats, sedentary lifestyle, smoking and sometimes genes.
While cholesterol is often times blamed for heart attacks. Scientists have since discovered that inflammation is the more likely culprit. For example, a person can have a lot of cholesterol in the blood but have no heart attacks or even heart disease. Another person can have less cholesterol in the blood but have heart disease.
In an inflamed person, cholesterol is more likely to build up on the walls of the arteries than in an uninflamed person. Causes of inflammation include habitual smoking, uncontrolled hypertension, long term stress and long term depression.
To avoid a heart attack you must control hypertension, cholesterol, diabetes and inflammation. You must also stop smoking and have regular exercise, even if it's just a 30 minute walk.
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