Heart disease is a serious health problem that affects many people. Today, cardio-vascular diseases are among the primary causes of death. At the same time, the heart disease is provoked and affected by multiple factors, including family history, lifestyle, nutrition, age, and many other issues which health care professionals should take into consideration, while working with patients with heart disease. The development of heart disease results from the impact of multiple factors and both health care professionals and individuals should be aware of the importance of the prevention of heart disease because the prevention of heart disease is much more effective than its treatment.
Among the variety of factors that influence the development of heart disease may be the physical location of an individual. At first glance, geography has little to do with the development of heart disease. However, the comparison of data concerning the spread of heart disease in different countries reveals the fact that there is a wide disparity between different regions and countries in regard to heart disease (Studer, 2005). In fact, some countries have the higher rate of heart diseases compared to others. Therefore, individuals living in different countries have a different level of risk of the development of heart disease.
At this point, the statistics of heart disease in such countries as the US, France, Japan and Inuit, reveals wide disparities between countries in terms of the vulnerability of their population to the development of heart disease. Therefore, the impact of geography on the development of heart disease as well as its prevention may be significant (Studer, 2005). However, geography should not be perceived in the narrow sense. Instead, geography should be perceived as a broader concept which includes the traditional lifestyle, socioeconomic activities, cultural traditions and many other factors related to geography and revealing specificities of each country which may influence the development of heart disease in the population of different countries
In fact, the difference between the US, Japan, France and Inuit is determined by multiple factors which are related to the geography of each country. To put it more precisely, each country has its own specificities and they have different traditions and cultural norms, which are particularly obvious in the field of the national cuisine (Studer, 2005). For instance, the US population tends to the consumption of meat in large amounts, whereas the population of Japan and Inuit is more inclined to the consumption of sea products which are rich in sea fish. The French cuisine also tends to the use of low-fat products which prevent the development of heart disease. Therefore, food culture and traditions may influence consistently the development of heart disease. Hence, the difference in the vulnerability of the population of different countries may be caused by the difference in their food culture.
In addition, the development of the heart disease depends on such factors as heredity and people living in different parts of the world have different heredity. As people living in the US were vulnerable to the development of heart disease for decades and centuries, then people living in Japan, for instance, are not vulnerable to the development of such health problems. Hence, the different heredity defines the different risks of the development of heart disease. The risk of the development of heart disease is higher in the US compared to Japan.