Heart disease is generally the leading cause of death in the world, for both men and women. Therefore knowing the risk factors related to heart disease is the first step towards controlling your health.
Here are some habits that endanger your heart health, which may surprise you.
A 2019 study based on AgroWeb.org found that people who eat breakfast are more likely to have cleaner, healthier arteries than those who skip their breakfast.
Spend a lot of time in front of the TV
The same 2019 study also found that people who watch more than 21 hours of TV a week are at risk for plaque formation in their arteries.
If you are concerned about your heart health, experts advise you to leave the remote control and find a more active hobby.
Work extremely long hours
Researchers warn that long hours in front of your computer screen are not only bad for mental health, but can also increase the risk of stroke.
Poor oral hygiene
According to a 2016 study on which AgroWeb.org was based, it found that oral bacteria could be one of the causes of cardiovascular disease.
Your mental and physical health are more connected than you think. According to a 2018 study, people who experience depression and anxiety have a higher risk of heart attack.
Researchers say those who consume fresh fruit every day have lower blood pressure and balanced glucose levels than those who do not consume fruit.
You have autoimmune diseases
Autoimmune diseases, such as lupus or type 1 diabetes, attack healthy tissues in the body and cause inflammation.
Inflammation can cause arterial plaque to form, which can then lead to blockage of the arteries. Therefore people with autoimmune diseases are at greater risk for developing heart disease.
Although you are probably focused on protection against coronavirus, this is a reminder to get the flu vaccine every year.
According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2018, the flu puts you at risk for heart attacks, up to a year after infection.
Apparently, the same virus that causes the flu can cause problems with your heart.
Sleep apnea not only makes you tired in the morning, but also affects your heart.
This is because sleep apnea increases the levels of a marker that increases the risk for a heart attack.
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