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Heart Health: The Silent Saboteurs | TIME ONLINE

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Heart Health: The Silent Saboteurs |  TIME ONLINE

Only five risk factors are responsible for more than half of all cardiovascular diseases: smoking, obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. The tricky thing is that two of them can develop completely unnoticed and remain undetected for a long time: hypercholesterolemia and hypertension, i.e. cholesterol levels and blood pressure that are too high. Together they can cause great damage. They are something like partners in crime.

Permanently high blood pressure and too much cholesterol in the blood can cause lasting damage to the vessels, block the arteries, and greatly increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke – and thus also the risk of dying early. With a share of almost 30 percent of all deaths, cardiovascular diseases are still the most common cause of death in Germany – and one of the main reasons why life expectancy in Germany is so much lower than in other Western European countries such as Spain, France or the Switzerland.

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