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Are you familiar with the term HIV or AIDS? Do you know what they mean and do you know anything about them? How would you know if you have this disease? After reading this article, then maybe you’ll be able to answer these questions.

Human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV for short, is a lentivirus that attacks humans. This lentivirus is characterized by its long incubation period within its host. If you are infected with HIV, you would slowly develop an acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or more often called AIDS. AIDS is a condition where your immune system fails to perform its function and role, causing the body to be prone to attack by other diseases and infections that are more lethal than HIV itself.

HIV is a sexually transmitted virus, thus it is transmitted through semen or vaginal fluid during intercourse. But it could also be transmitted through blood transfusion and breast milk ingestion from an infected mother. The HIV could exist in your body fluids that is why it could be transmitted through these manners. Other way of transmitting this virus is by using a needle or piercing that was contaminated by the virus. A mother could also transmit the virus to her newly born baby during birth.

If you are infected with HIV, you would develop AIDS that could lead to severe complications and diseases and ultimately, it can lead to death. The rate of progression from HIV to AIDS differs from person to person, depending on the host’s resistance, the strength of the viral strand, and other environmental factors. HIV infection has been considered a pandemic by the WHO especially in Africa.

According to various sources, there are two kinds of HIV in the world right now: They are HIV-1 and HIV-2. They differ in their activities and properties. HIV-1 was discovered first and it is characterized by being more infectious and more virulent. This means that there is a very high chance of getting infected with HIV-1 when you are exposed to it. HIV-2 on the other hand is less infectious and less virulent. Less people get infected when exposed to HIV-2. Nevertheless, infection with either of the 2 would lead to AIDS. Due the properties of HIV-2, it has been confined to infect people in the West Africa only.

The decrease in the amount of a specific cell that plays a vital role in the immune response of the body is attributed to HIV infection. Decreasing the amount of this cell would decrease the ability of your immune system to perform its function. Decreasing the amount of this cell makes the body very defenseless against opportunistic infections and diseases. And more often than not, these opportunistic infections are more severe and they could be deadly.

The extent of infection could be monitored by either monitoring the amount of this specific cell, or monitoring the amount of HIV in the blood. The infection has 4 stages: incubation, acute infection, latency, and AIDS. The early stages of HIV are often asymptomatic, that is why victims just get surprised that they have reached the last stage.

There is currently no cure for HIV, which is why it is important to avoid the infection of this virus. Early detection is also a must so going to nearby STD clinics is very important as well.

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Valvular heart disease results when one or more of the four valves of the heart does not function properly. Either the valve will not shut completely, which is known as a prolapse, or it will not open enough so that there is a stenosis. Valvular disease may be the result of congenital defects, heart attacks, or infections.

In some situations, valvular heart disease may not be linked to coronary disease. However, there would be times when there is a connection because heart disease may lead to heart attacks that may result into the damaging of one or more of the valves. Coronary disease results from the accumulation of fatty deposits in the coronary artery that could worsen until the deposits become hard and block or disrupt the flow of blood that might trigger a heart attack.

Heart disease has been found to be the leading cause of death in women who are passed the age of 25, which is against the usual belief that breast cancer is the top killer of the female population. While men who are in their 40s have a higher risk of getting the disease compared to the female population, more women get the disease by the time they are of menopausal age.

Knowing what causes heart disease can be helpful because one would be able to make the necessary modifications in lifestyle. The main risk factors for a heart attack are smoking, stress, lack of exercise, being overweight, high blood pressure, diabetes, and high blood cholesterol. For women’s heart disease, another contributing factor is menopause because estrogen has the control of bad cholesterol as one of its functions.

When one knows what causes heart disease, he or she might also be able to prevent valvular disease in a number of cases. This is because the disease might be a cause of heart valve malfunction.

It has been found that 61 percent of deaths in 2003 as a result of stroke involved women. Women comprise 40 percent of all cases while only 3.33 percent of the cases of female deaths were due to cancer. The number of women with heart attacks doubles or triples once they attain menopausal age. This is because the estrogen level starts to decline during that age so that the level of bad cholesterol in the blood begins to rise. This is explained by recent findings that estrogen keeps the amount of bad cholesterol in check aside from its other functions.

In summary, those who are of menopausal age should realize that heart attacks are the top killer for the female population. Although valvular disease may not always be the result of heart attacks, knowledge about the various causes is essential in the attempt to be free from this disease.

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Although men are commonly known to suffer from a heart attack, it doesn’t mean that women should not think about the same problem anymore. Women, like men are susceptible to any kind of disease and that includes heart problems. Keep your heart in shape by feeding on some of these helpful information.

One of the things every woman should watch out for is high blood pressure. If left unchecked, high blood pressure can lead to a fatal heart attack. Women who love to sleep a lot and eat too much salty and cholesterol-rich food are prone to high blood pressure. Lessen cholesterol in your body by eating heart-healthy foods and by exercising regularly.

Experts claim that you can determine whether you have a greater risk for heart diseases or not just by looking at your belly. Too much fat in the belly can mean that your artery walls are blocked with cholesterol and bad fat. Prevent hardening of arteries by including more antioxidant-rich foods in your diet. Fiber has also been found to prevent blood clot and inflammation of the arteries. Combine these two to ensure that your heart remains healthy.

Keeping your relationship problems to yourself can also contribute to various heart problems according to studies. Women who hold back their emotions are more prone to heart attack and stroke than those who know how to vent out their feelings. If you want a good way to keep your heart healthy, try shedding those tears. Crying has been found to help the body release hormones that get rid of stress.

Always be a step ahead of your enemy, which in this case is heart attack. You can do that by taking note of some of the signs and symptoms of heart attack for women. They may include shortness of breath, jaw pain, vomiting, sleep disturbance and anxiety. You will be able to seek help immediately at the first signs of a heart attack if you know these things.

Remember that a healthy heart is always a result of a well-balanced diet and regular physical activity. Exercise in most days of the week to keep not only your heart but your entire body fit and sound. A visit to the clinic every three months will also help you keep your heart in perfect shape.

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A look inside our arteries at the well documented mechanisms of how high cholesterol starts and fuels heart disease and atherosclerosis in general.
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Dr. Hyman ‘Cholesterol levels don’t matter’:

Kresser: “Diets high in saturated fat and cholesterol don’t cause heart disease”

“How Does Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease?”

Fatberg articles:

“Cholesterol oxidation products (ChOx) have been reported to cause acute vascular injury in vivo…”

Causes of artery wall injury study:

Macrophages / Foam Cell study:

“The crystals appeared as needles…”

“Minimally modified LDL can lead to cholesterol crystallization”

Crystals rupturing / piercing lesions study:

Lipemia hypoxia study:

Lipemia from high cholesterol and sat fat diet:

Nitrates and artery health study:

Vegans lower inflammation study:

Optimal LDL 50-70 mg/dl.

Dr. Esselstyn’s Clinical trial:

Vegan Hypertension Lower Reference:
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Nutrition & Wellness in Health & Disease 2017: Top Articles on Whole Grains

Warren Thompson, M.D., discusses recent top articles on whole grain consumption. Register now for Mayo Clinic’s 17th Annual Nutrition and Wellness in Health and Disease 2017:

Nutrition, physical activity and other healthy lifestyle behaviors are vital components in the promotion of health and in the treatment of disease. This program will highlight ambulatory nutrition and wellness topics with multidisciplinary faculty. Current clinical topics will be highlighted through presentations, interactive case studies and panel discussions. Participants will have many opportunities for interaction with course faculty selected for their expertise, knowledge and clinical acumen.
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Recently there have been quite a few online article reporting on a recent study that supposedly found vegans are at an increased risk of heart disease and cancer. Is there any truth to these articles and should vegans be worried?

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