The Heart Of Heart Disease Essay

1312 Words Dec 18th, 2016 6 Pages
The heart is a vital organ that controls blood flow to the entire body. Without the heart muscles, organs and all other body parts would die. The life choices a person makes can affect the health of their heart. For example, smoking, bad diet, sedentary lifestyle, and other choices can damage the heart in the long run. As a medical student this is an important topic of interest because it is found that, "Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and the cost to combat it is only rising" (Khan, Stewart, Davis, Harvey, Leistikow, 2015). Heart disease is a problem that must be addressed and future studies must be done to better understand the disease. Coronary heart disease is the focus of this study as it directly effects the heart. Coronary heart disease occurs when cholesterol and other debris begin occluding the coronary artery; This results in chest pain and if no preventative action is taken, ultimately a heart attack (Alba et al, 2013). Cardiovascular disease not only result is death but also can dramatically decrease the quality of life due to that disease (Petek & Bunc, 2016) This proposed study will focus on measuring the amount of lipoprotein found in blood as a result of these risk factors. High density lipoprotein (HDL) is a good cholesterol that helps clear blood vessels of debris while low density lipoprotein (LDL) is a bad cholesterol that clogs blood vessels (American Heart Association, 2014). By measuring these two types of cholesterol…

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