According to the World Health Organisation, 7 million deaths are attributed to heart disease - worldwide.
It's now thought that high levels of the Amino Acid 'Homocysteine' can seriously increase the risk of this ailment and also the likelihood of having a stroke.
The targeting of the inclusion of Folic Acid (in particular), but also other vitamin B group vitamins can help bring down the levels of this amino acid. It's found in leafy green vegetables, orange juice, pulses, red meat and particularly offal.
If worried, a good vitamin B complex supplement (Berocca springs to mind, as it includes vitamin C, which helps absorption of B vitimins, taken on a daily basis, should cover these - but aim to find one containing around 400 ig (0.4mg) of Folic Acid (Falacin); this of course, should be accompanied by two, 20 x minute, periods of heart-speed-raising exercise per week. This can be gentle, such as fast walking - or better still, swimming, as this takes any strain away from the joints.