NEW YORK – Seemingly harmless habits like watching TV endlessly or sleeping for more than 9 hours a day can lead to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Make it a point to correct these everyday habits and keep your heart healthy and happy.
Sitting for hours in front of the telly can hurt not just your eyes and imagination but also your heart. Even if you exercise on a daily basis, the lack of movement when you are slumped in front of the TV for hours can affect your blood fats and sugar levels, increasing your risk of a heart stroke. Keep the remote away so that you occasionally get up and move around.
Brushing daily keeps your gums healthy and your pearly whites selfie-ready, but it also helps keep your heart healthy. Research shows that dental health and cardiac risks are correlated as inflammation from the gums allow bacteria to enter your blood vessels, which then travel to the coronary area and narrow the passages, leading to lesser blood flow.
Getting fewer than five, or more than nine hours of sleep a night can increase your risk of a heart disease because both extremes affect your blood pressure and levels of stress hormones.
While snoring is a sleep annoyance for the other person, it could be a sign of something more serious. Known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea, the disorder can cause your blood pressure to skyrocket while you are snoring in your sleep. If you sleep regular hours but wake up feeling tired and lethargic, book an appointment with your doctor right away.
If you are one of those who start their Mondays with a strenuous gym routine but then take the entire week off because of muscle pain, then you are causing your heart damage. It’s best to aim for slow and steady when it comes to working out so that your heart can get used to the physical exertion and adapt accordingly.
Weight is one of the major risk factors for heart disease. Add to that overeating and you are being unfair on your poor heart. It’s easy to eat a lot especially when you are stressed or emotional or plain bored but stick to portion sizes for a healthy heart.
Don’t assume that you are not at risk. Heart factors can affect anyone and everyone. Be sure to visit your doctor regularly and keep your blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, weight and smoking in check.