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These and all other arteries should have a smooth interior to function effectively. The artieries in small children are relatively smooth, but over set of arteries, the coronary arteries, CIRCULORESPIRATORY FITNESS 42 become less efficient. As fatty deposits collect along the inside of the blood vessels, the walls thicken. The blood is forced through a roughened, narrowed channel. This condition, known as atherosclerosis, may occur anywhere in the body including the kidneys, legs, and brain. When occurs in the coronary arteries, the rate of blood flow and the amount of blood going to the cells of the heart may be reduced.

Poor diet management, cigarette smoking, and physical inactivity may be a significant part of the family living pattern. Several studies indicate the importance of living habits. S. is many times greater than that found in their country of origin. S. S. ate more, weighed more, walked less, and had a higher death rate from CHD than did the brothers who remained in Ireland. Such studies support the belief that CHD is due to multiple factors rather than heredity alone. However, your family history does indicate an early development of CHD, may be especially wise for you to undertake a risk-management program.

If you it is really are important unable to • smoke fewer cigarettes • inhale less • don't smoke your cigarettes all the way down (the first half gives you 40% of the tar and nicotine; the second half 60%) • select a cigarette with less tar and nicotine. Although the low-tar, low may reduce your risk of lung cancer, don't expect reduce your risk of CHD. Decreasing the tar and nicotine not reduce the amount of carbon monoxide produced by smoking. nicotine cigarettes them does to Blood Fats (Lipids) found in body tissues and blood plasma.

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