Cardiologists Explain Heart Health And Disease Secrets That You Should Know

In America, one person dies from heart disease every 37 seconds. Since cardiovascular conditions are earth’s number one killer, many people want to keep their hearts pumping. Cardiologists give plenty of advice on how to treat your heart.

Some of these recommendations may go against what people normally hear, such as not recommending supplements, and women and men having different symptoms. But these secrets about heart health could change your life. Read on to learn what cardiologists want you to know about cardiovascular disease and heart health.

Thin People Aren’t Free From Heart Disease

Although obesity is a risk factor for heart disease, skinny people aren’t in the clear, either. Research in the Annals of Internal Medicine noted that some thin people have “hidden fat.” Known as metabolically obese normal weight (MONW), these people have an average BMI but are still at risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

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The reason is that fat gathers around the organs, as opposed to visible places like the stomach. Cardiologist Monali Y. Desai says that skinny people may not pay attention to their blood sugar or cholesterol levels–but they should.