Your Blood and Your Heart - Finding and Fighting Heart Disease

Oxygen rich blood travels from your lungs to your heart, which takes blood throughout your entire body.Blood is essential. It gives your body’s tissues the nutrients it needs and takes carbon dioxide and other waste products away from the tissues.

The three main types of blood vessels are Arteries, which carry oxygen rich blood from the heart to the body, Veins, which take blood from the body back to the heart and Capillaries, which connect arteries and veins and allows oxygen and waste products to pass to and from cells.

 

Baby now we got bad blood!

Yikes! You’ve been diagnosed with high cholesterol, that means that you have an excess of the fatty substance, lining artery walls decreasing the blood flow to different pacts of the body. ‘Bad blood’, whether it’s high cholesterol, high blood sugar levels or hypertension, is bad for your heart.

Donating Blood & Heart Disease

However, having high cholesterol, diabetes or high blood pressure does not disqualify you from donating blood if your levels are low, and you are taking your medication to keep them under control.

 

Did you know that they’re many benefits of blood donation?

  • It burns calories
  • Enhances the production of new blood cells
  • Reduces risk of getting cancer

 World blood donor day 2018 - donating blood helps burn calories and reduces cancer risk

Testing blood for heart disease

There are many ways to find of if your heart health is in danger, and one of them is testing the blood, whether through lipid tests for cholesterol, or fasting blood glucose levels. The key to good heart health is taking care of your body, and yes, that means making sure those blood tests are A-Okay.

 

Sources

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/in-depth/heart-disease/art-20049357

https://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/hypertension-working-heart#1

https://www.emedicinehealth.com/high_cholesterol/article_em.htm#what_is_high_cholesterol

http://www.donateblood.org/donate-blood/myths-about-blood-donations

http://nbts.gov.jm/benefits-of-donating-blood/