By Damilola Faustino
Your heart is the most sensitive part of your body. Despite this, many people are unconscious of how their actions or activities affect their heart. Try to learn from these to avoid heart-related health problems.
Sitting all day
Those who don’t move enough and tend to sit for five hours or more each day have double the risk of heart failure. If your job requires sitting at a desk all day, get up and take a five-minute walk every hour. This small disruption in your routine can keep your arteries flexible and blood flowing properly.
Taking too much alcohol
Some people drink alcohol as if they are downing water. But, drinking too much alcohol can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, and obesity and these make you susceptible to heart disease. Henceforth, take less alcohol.
Stressing too much
Stress forces your body to release adrenaline, which temporarily affects how your body functions. As a result, your heart rate increases, and your blood pressure rises. Over time, too much stress can damage blood vessels in the heart and increase your risk for heart attack and stroke.
There is a strong link between gum disease and heart disease, according to research. If you don’t floss, bacterias will build up on your teeth over time and this can lead to gum disease. Gum disease promotes inflammation in the body, and inflammation has been associated with increased risk for heart disease.
Eating too much Salt
Excessive salt intake can lead to high blood pressure, a risk factor for heart disease. So, eat salt less.
Not getting enough sleep
Your heart works hard all day, and if you don’t get enough sleep, your cardiovascular system doesn’t get the rest it needs. So, the lesser sleep you get, the more you are opening the door to heart diseases.