Heart disease, unfortunately, is largely a result of what many people would call poor lifestyle choices. Certainly, it is true that there are some things which are not under the control of the individual, such as hereditary conditions, but the good news as regards heart disease is that many things are within your control. It is simply, in many cases, a matter of making a choice.
One of the major causes of heart disease is smoking. Sixty or so years ago, the link between smoking and disease was not well understood. Today, however, everyone on the planet is aware that if you smoke you are asking for trouble. Part of the problem with smoking is that the effects take a long time to be seen, so the confirmed smoker has it at the back of his mind that he is not suffering any problems just now, and he will “probably” give it up in due course.
The time to quit is now. It is not easy, but healthcare professionals today have many tools which can help you. It is a matter of choice.
Another factor which can contribute greatly to heart disease is stress. In some cases this might not be seen as a lifestyle choice. For example, if you are a construction worker you might say that this was not a lifestyle choice. However, you could have trained to become an optometrist, a biologist, a truck driver, or one of a thousand other occupations.
If you have ever spoken to a roofer about his job he will tell you that heights “don’t bother him” and that he is used to it. While this may be true, the fact is that the possibility of a fall is ever-present and this is always at the back of his mind every day he is on a roof. One false step and he will suffer serious injury, if not death. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers in the roofing industry are three times more likely to suffer fatal injuries than any other construction workers.
The point is that a roofer is under constant stress, day in and day out, and stress is a major contributor towards heart disease.