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Three foods that increase your risk of Heart Attack

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Heart Attack is a life-threatening condition, and there’s no doubt about it. As less blood reaches the heart muscle, the organ becomes deficient in nutrients and becomes weak.

If no oxygen reaches the heart momentarily, then chest pain occurs (known as angina). Any prolonged starvation of oxygen will turn into a heart attack, which can be fatal.

It is vital to ensure your diet is heart-healthy and try to avoid these types of food which may increase your risk.

Red meat

Eating too much beef, lamb, and pork may raise your odds for heart disease and diabetes.

The cause for this may be because red meat is high in saturated fat, which can boost cholesterol.

Numerous studies point to how gut bacteria process a part of the meat called L-carnitine.

If you have to have a diet with red meat try to limit your portions.

Also, look for lean cuts like round, sirloin, and extra-lean ground beef.

Baked goods

Cookies, cakes, and muffins should be rare treats as they tend to be loaded with added sugar, which leads to weight gain.

They’re also linked to higher triglyceride levels, and that can lead to heart disease.

Baked goods’ main ingredient is usually white flour, which may spike your blood sugar and make a person hungrier.

Try swapping in whole-wheat flour, trim the sugar, and use liquid plant oils instead of butter or shortening.

Bacon

More than half of bacon’s calories come from saturated fat, which can raise your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or bad cholesterol, and boost your chance of a heart attack or stroke, said WebMD.

The health site added: “It’s full of salt, which bumps up your blood pressure and makes your heart work harder.

“High amounts of sodium (the main part of salt) can lead to stroke, heart disease, and heart failure.

“Bacon’s added preservatives are linked to these issues as well.”

For a happy heart, limit your intake of saturated fat and avoid trans-fat (found in hydrogenated oils) completely.

Saturated fat should make up no more than six percent of your total daily caloric intake.

To manage blood pressure, limit your daily sodium intake to 1,500 mg or less.

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