Why is it that people from age 35 and above more likely to contract a coronary illness?

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  1. Heart disease
  2. biology
  3. health
Posted Wed 17th October, 2012 @ 18:48 by Salma

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This is because they are more likely to be at an age where they have a higher salt intake and have a high content of fat in their diet. Ofcourse both of these factors lead to higher blood pressure and even cholestorol. As a result of teh high blood pressure, the heart has to work harder to pump blood around the body and the arteries therefore stiffen. The fat content leads to the blockage of arteries reducing blood flow and then again increasing blood pressure. High blood pressure, high fat content, high salt levels in diet all contribute towards diseases such as coronary heart diseae. Hope that helped! Just ask me if you don't understand anything! :)

Answered Fri 19th October, 2012 @ 14:52 by sannah
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That did help. Another thing, could it be that because an older person has experienced more stress in their lives they are more prone to illness as their heart is weaker?

Answered Fri 19th October, 2012 @ 19:48 by Salma
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Not beacuse their heart is weaker but that the fact they have been exposed to more stress is znother factor! Your welcome! :)

Answered Sat 20th October, 2012 @ 21:29 by sannah
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But how would stress affect their heart then?

Answered Sun 21st October, 2012 @ 15:20 by Salma
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Although I do agree with the above about higher salt intake and saturated fats, I don't think it has much to do with the age. I believe that the age group with the higher salt and fat intake is probably teenagers. As with the mentioning of stress, you have to remember than a coronary illness is not the actual heart itself, but the coronary artery which leads into it.

I think the reason why people 35 and over are more likely to contract coronary illness is because it is an illness which takes time to develop. It's often caused by atherosclerosis which is the build up of cholesterol and fatty deposits called plaques. This clogging up restricts the blood flow to the heart and increases blood pressure.  The disease is not something which suddenly occurs but takes time. Anyone any younger than 35 would have to have a very fatty diet in order to accumulate enough cholesterol in their arteries to cause coronary disease.

Answered Fri 26th October, 2012 @ 19:32 by JessicaB