Cardiovascular disease (CVD) was once upon a time thought to be the result of high cholesterol.

To some extent that is true as fatty acid deposits clog arteries and veins in the heart leading to heart disease.

CVD is a major cause of death in Australia with 45 392 deaths recorded in 2015.

If you want to lower your risk for CVD, start with your lifestyle and diet.

Like so many other diseases, much genetic change can be made by altering the diet.

Smoking, drug use and excess alcohol consumption are all going to impact development of CVD.

Similarly, a sedentary lifestyle and stress will also promote chronic inflammation which has now been shown to react with high cholesterol levels resulting in CVD episodes.