10 daily habits that can lead to cardiovascular diseases
According to doctors, many habits in modern life carry a high risk for cardiovascular health.
1. WATCHING TV AND SITTING TOO LONG TO WORK
Sitting in front of a TV screen and a computer for hours will increase your risk of cardiovascular diseases, even if you exercise regularly every day. The lack of exercise will contribute to increased blood sugar and fat levels.
To overcome this situation, Harmony R. Reynolds, MD, deputy director of the Center for Cardiovascular Clinical Research in New York City, recommended regular routine walking. You should create opportunities to get up often when sitting at work. For example, when having a phone, instead of sitting at a table, you should stand up temporarily to listen.
2. IGNORING SIGNS OF DEPRESSION
Work and relationships in modern life make you worried a lot, but you often ignore them due to being too busy. However, doctors say these stresses implicitly attack cardiovascular health without you noticing.
Most people face work challenges, but the way you deal with them affects your heart. Doctors recommend that when you encounter problems or anxiety, it's best to find ways to relieve it such as confiding it to a trusted person. Do not let stresses silently damage your heart.
Snoring is not only uncomfortable for those around you but also a sign of a serious problem: obstructive sleep apnea which can be marked by interrupted breathing during sleep and can cause blood pressure to skyrocket.
People with sleep apnea may have an increased risk of heart diseases. According to scientists, overweight people are more likely to suffer from it, but it can still happen to thin people. If you snore and often wake up feeling tired, you should talk to your cardiologist as soon as possible.
4. NOT DOING DENTAL HYGIENE PROPERLY
A number of initial studies have confirmed a link between oral hygiene and heart health. The reason, according to scientists, is that bacteria from the lesions in the gums and the root will cause your body to become infected and lead to atherosclerosis. However, there is no scientific work to really prove this relationship, but prevention is better for our health, nonetheless.
5. ADOPTING A CLOSED-OFF LIFESTYLE
Modern life with phones and computers increasingly makes people stay away from community activities. Many even find it annoying and uncomfortable to interact with others. Many scientific studies show that loving emotions from the brain will directly affect the heart. People who have strong relationships with family, friends, and society tend to live longer and healthier lives.
6. EXERCISING ONLY TO FOLLOW TRENDS
Exercise only results in good health in general and cardiovascular health in particular when it is maintained regularly. Exercising only to stay trendy then quickly quitting halfway bring almost no positive effects and long-term health.
7. DRINKING LOTS OF WINE AND BEER
Beer and wine in small amounts in some cases may be good for your health. However, abuse of beer, alcohol or alcoholic beverages will cause high blood pressure, blood fat and cardiovascular diseases. Moreover, too many calories lead to overweight which is a risk for cardiovascular health.
Doctors recommend not to drink more than two glasses of alcohol a day for men, and no more than one drink a day for women.
8. CONSUMING FAST FOOD WITH LOTS OF SALT AND SUGAR
Fast food saves time but has the potential to cause cardiovascular diseases. The reason is that fast food often contains lots of salt, flavors, sugar, etc. which can cause overweight, obesity, high blood pressure, risks leading to heart problems.
Instead of fast food, try to make yourself a healthy diet. Many studies show that people who eat 5 servings of vegetables and fruits per day have a 20% lower risk of heart diseases and strokes compared to those who eat only fruits and vegetables 3 times/day.
9. CONSUMING A LOT OF RED MEAT
Red meat is high in saturated fat, and there is also evidence that processed meat, such as bacon and sausage, increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer. Therefore, health and nutrition experts recommend that it is best for people to eat red meat (beef) at less than 10% of their daily meat intake.
10. DISREGARDING THE ALARMING SIGNS FROM THE BODY
If you've ever climbed up to the 3-story floor with no problems, but recently you've lost your breath or angina after climbing to the 2nd floor, you should see your doctor right away. The root cause behind this problem is not just due to weight gain.
Doctors say that you should not be indifferent to the warnings of illnesses of the body, especially for cardiovascular disease because they happen quietly over time.
By: Diana Scott