Archives: October 2022
Coronary artery disease, or CAD, is one of the most common cardiovascular diseases in the world and involves the arteries that transport oxygen-rich blood around the entire body. These incredible delivery vehicles constantly expand and contract, 24 hours a day, to ensure that blood reaches its destinations around the body efficiently. However, as we age, and are largely dependent on our dietary and lifestyle choices, these arteries can begin accumulating plaque deposits. The arteries become progressively narrower, and less blood can reach its destination, the heart. The result significantly increases the risk of a deadly heart attack. When this occlusion happens in the extremities, it is known as peripheral artery disease (PAD). It can cause significant problems in the arms and legs, including, if left untreated, amputation of the affected limb.
There’s plenty of information out there to help in supporting your heart health through solid dietary choices. This includes details like what to eat more often, what to eat less frequently, and what to avoid entirely. Unfortunately, not all the information is accurate, with hundreds, if not thousands, of “influencers” giving their opinions each day. With free-flowing medical advice and information, it can be difficult to know what is fact and fiction. Most importantly, it’s essential to understand that a single food group is not inherently bad. There are undoubtedly bad choices within that food group, but there are also decidedly good ones.