How does chronic inflammation affect heart health?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Researchers believe that chronic inflammation may be at the root of heart disease. Inflammation can cause blood clotting. Those clots, in turn, block the blood flow to your heart, leading to heart disease and, eventually, a heart attack. There are numerous causes of hidden inflammation -- stress, inadequate sleep, nutritional deficiencies, and a diet high in processed foods, to name only a few -- which is why it’s vital to live an active, healthy lifestyle.
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