Written by Inara Hasanali, M.A.  | 
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Sunil Shroff, MBBS, MS, FRCS (UK), D. Urol (Lond) on Oct 15, 2020

Causes of Diet, Lifestyle and Heart Disease

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is caused by the narrowing of the arteries due to the deposit of cholesterol. Coronary heart disease is responsible for one third of all deaths in men and about a quarter of all deaths in women. In the US it is estimated that more than 150,000 deaths a year are caused by this condition and most who die are under the age of 65.

There are various factors, which influence the development of heart diseases.

Hereditary factors:

Children of parents with heart and blood vessel diseases may be more likely to develop CHD. A family history of high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, gout or diabetes also increases the risk of heart disease.


India is now in the middle of a coronary artery disease epidemic they have 4-fold rate higher than Americans. The rate of this condition is showing decline in the western world but it has doubled in India in the last 30 years.

Afro-Americans have a higher risk of developing blood pressure. This increases their risk of developing heart disease.

People of South Asian descent are at a high risk for heat disease. However, the Japanese have a lower risk comparatively to other Asians.

Non-Hereditary Factors:

Cigarette smoking, high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure are the most highly established non-hereditary risk factors associated with coronary heart disease. These factors can be controlled to a large extent with the help of diet. By becoming a non-smoker you will do your heart and health a great deal of good as smokers have the highest risk of developing heart diseases.


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naive Tuesday, June 19, 2012

hi i just wanted to know what all foods and drinks can aggravate an enlarged heart !!

hollysewa Friday, January 20, 2012

Hi there? Am called ssewanyana Augustine i just want the doctors to tell me does wine help in maintaining heart disease? What I mean taking it moderately not taking too much that can relieve people with heart diseases how far is it true?

ayodele Tuesday, August 16, 2011

to me i have alot to say about this major topic. to be sincere heart disease ocure as a result of incovinent lifestyle and lack of normal diet. apart from hereditry factors, if an average human can take normal diet and have an excercise when necesary and normal job, the rate of death by heart disease will reduced. the major causes of heart disease in some cases is poverty. hope you all know what i mean by poverty. state of an unwealthy condition. no money to maintain normal life style, when there is little illness, there will be financial problem to cure it, which may lead to any heart disease.my name ayodele albert. thanks

Foram Thursday, July 14, 2011

Hi I am 31 yrs old woman and recently came to know that I am suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy. Can anyone guide me the do's and dont's for patients like me. Also I m a working woman. My job does'nt demand any physical stress. Will I be able to leave a normal healthy life?

dd2010 Friday, October 1, 2010

thank u for the heart problem life style,am 29 have a swollen heart after giving birth,having difficulties in breathing,am on frusemite ,digoxin ,am always having gastric fluids white like froth coming out,please help

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