Did you know that eating fried food just once a week increases your risk of heart attack by 7%? or that getting more than nine hours of sleep a day increases your risk of developing heart disease by 5%?. Let’s take a look at the top 5 worst habits that severely damage your heart.
According to heart.org a heart attack is a frightening experience. If you have experienced a heart attack, or are close to someone who has, you should know about this.
Here are the Top 5 Habits That Can Damage Your Heart
Poor food choices destroy your heart slowly but surely. Foods that are rich in sugar and fats can lead to obesity, which increases your chances of having a heart disease. Being overweight, especially if you carry excess weight around your abdomen, increases your risk of a heart attack by 12%. While you might need a pinch of salt to make your food tasty, too much of it increases your blood pressure. The more salt you eat, the higher will be your blood pressure. This will put greater strain on your heart which can lead to heart attacks. Studies show that a healthy diet can reduce your chances of a heart attack by 18%.
If you remain in a constant state of stress, you might want to visit your therapist. While stress damages your overall health, it specifically weakens your heart. For instance, it can raise your blood pressure. When you are stressed, your body produces a stress hormone known as cortisol. Cortisol in high doses makes your heart pump harder than it should. If left unchecked, this can trigger a heart attack.
Lack of Exercise
A sedentary, laid back lifestyle may be sound comforting but it is actually dangerous for your heart. The less you exercise, the more you may gain weight and develop problems related to excess weight. Studies show that getting some regular, daily exercise can help you control your weight and reduce our risk of a heart attack. Moderate exercise, such as walking at a brisk pace, for about 30 minutes on most days of the week will keep your heart in a healthy working condition. For even more health benefits, aim for 300 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 150 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity every week.
Your heart is at risk if you smoke or use tobacco of any kind, even if you only consider yourself to be just a social smoker. When it comes to keeping your heart healthy, no amount of smoking is safe. Smoking is responsible for approximately 30% of the death s related to heart disease. Chemicals in tobacco can damage your blood vessels. Plaque may buildup in your arteries, causing them to narrow. This can ultimately lead to a heart attack. In general, the rule is simple: the more you smoke, the greater your risk.
While sleeping too much takes a toll on your overall health and heart, a lack of sleep can lead to sleep deprivation. This can lead to hormonal imbalances, which not only make you eat more but also have an impact on your heart. Lack of sleep also increases the levels of stress hormones. For a healthy heart, you should get 7-8 hours of undisturbed sleep every night. This is just a shortlist of the many things that can damage your heart. If you’re concerned that your heart may not be healthy, speak to your doctor as soon as possible. In many cases, these damages can be reversed as habits change.
Will I Recover From My Heart Attack?
The answer is most likely YES.
The heart muscle begins to heal soon after a heart attack. It usually takes about eight weeks to heal.
Scar tissue may form in the damaged area, and that scar tissue does not contract or pump as well as healthy muscle tissue. As a consequence, the extent of damage to the heart muscle can impact how well the heart pumps blood throughout the body.
How much pumping function is lost depends on the size and location of the scar tissue. Most heart attack survivors have some degree of coronary artery disease (CAD) and will have to make important lifestyle changes and possibly take medication to prevent a future heart attack. Taking these steps can help you lead a full, productive life.
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