Heart Disease

The FAT TRUTH About Heart Disease

Malaysia is the fattest country in South-east Asia with 15.1% of Malaysians aged 18 and above suffering from obesity as of 2011.

Obesity is linked to an increased risk of fatal heart attacks as overweight people are more likely to have high blood pressure and high cholesterol level – major risk factors for heart disease. High cholesterol and high blood pressure are primarily caused by plaque build-up in the arteries which become hardened over time. The blocked and hardened arteries often cause damage to the heart, which ultimately lead to heart disease.

That’s why it’s vital to keep our arteries flexible and free from blockage for unobstructed blood circulation.

Experts have found that weight reduction of obese people by 5%-10% has been proven to decrease chances of developing heart disease. Overweight people can also take supplements, especially supplements containing nitric oxide (NO), to ensure there is no/minimised plaque build-up in the blood vessels.

Hailed as a miraculous discovery by the medical fraternity, NO was named “Molecule of the Year” in 1992 by the journal Science. NO was first shown to have a dilating effect on blood vessels by Prof. Dr Ferid Murad in 1997, who then proceeded to discover that NO was a signalling molecule to make the blood vessels dilate.

It has been shown that NO enhances cardiovascular health by:

  • Keeping blood vessels flexible and pliable;
  • Slowing plaque formation in the blood vessels:
  • Helping to melt existing plaque in the blood vessels; and
  • Keeping blood flowing smoothly.

For his groundbreaking discovery of NO, Dr Murad was awarded a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1998.