Cardiovascular disease affects 1 in 6 Australians. It is an umbrella term for diseases affecting the heart and its vessels and includes coronary heart disease (CHD) – the major cause of a heart attack, stroke and Peripheral vascular disease (PVD). The cause of CVD is usually a build up of fatty deposits that can partially block the blood flow, or blood clots (see cholesterol). There are many risk factors for CVD including smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, a lack of physical activity, diabetes and a family history of CVD.
A good diet is a protective factor for CVD, this includes reducing the amount of saturated fat intake, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, limiting alcohol and eating more whole-grain products.
How We Can Help
A dietitian will help you as an individual to find the best strategies to help decrease your risk factors for Cardiovascular Disease.