Nine Habits That Harm Your Heart

The over-eat, smoke, snore, do not use dental floss? Then you also belong to a risk group, which often threatens to heart disease, heart attack or stroke. Find out what bad habits you have to unlearn as soon as possible if you want to keep the heart healthy as long as possible.

We present to you nine most common bad habits that have a negative effect on your heart. If you get rid of them, you have a good feeling that you have done something for your health.

Sitting on TV

Several hours sitting, whether watching TV or computer, increases the risk of heart attack and stroke, even people who sometimes trains.

”Occasional exercise does not compensate for the time you spend sitting,“ says Dr. Harmony R. Reynolds of the Cardiovascular Clinical Research Center in New York. Lack of exercise can affect blood sugar and fat in the blood, so Dr. Reynolds recommends at least regular walks, and if you have a sedentary job, you need to stand on the telephone.


Snoring does not belong directly to the vices, but even this minor inconvenience can threaten the heart, and it is sometimes necessary to deal with it. Snoring may in fact be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, which causes respiratory arrest during sleep. This disorder, which affects about 30 percent of men between the ages of thirty to sixty years ago, increases the risk of heart attack or stroke by almost double.

Increased risk of sleep apnea risk in overweight people, but does not avoid a slim person. If you snore and wake up tired in the morning, you may suffer from this syndrome and should rather consult your doctor.

Not using dental floss

Although it is still not known the exact cause, there is a strong link between gum disease and heart problems. Regular use of dental floss also recommends Dr. Robert Ostfeld of Montefiorského Medical Center in New York.

If avoiding the use of dental floss, interdental time in places full of layers sticky plaque bacteria that can lead to gum disease and the spread of dangerous bacteria into the body. According to Dr. Ostfelda bacteria can cause inflammation that contributes to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Healing sick gums can help improve blood vessel function.

Excessive drinking

Although some studies show that small amounts of alcohol can be beneficial for the heart, excessive intake of alcohol can harm the heart of the contrary. Larger amounts of alcohol is associated with an increased risk of high blood pressure, high blood fat levels and heart failure. In addition, the extra calories contained in alcoholic drinks can lead to weight gain and overweight also threatens heart health.

After excessive drinking experts consider more than two units of alcohol a day for men and women in one unit, one unit corresponds to one beer or two decilitrům wine.


Being overweight is one of the main risk factors that contribute to heart disease. Medical experts therefore recommend to eat in moderation, avoiding large portions of sugary drinks and full sugar substitute water or tea.

Dr. Reynolds of Cardiovascular Clinical Research Center in New York also recommends smaller portions at meals, which are full of carbohydrates such as pasta and bread. Beware you under it also had to put on low-fat products usually contain more calories.

Ignoring stress

You feel depressed, stressed or afraid of something? Ignoring these feelings may select their toll on the heart. While everyone has occasional bad mood and feel under the weather, for heart health is essential, as these emotions are handled.

According to Dr. Reynolds her heart, especially threatening people who are succumbing to their stress. Reynolds recommends someone to testify for their problems, or find another way to get rid of stress.

Popularity red meat

According to experts it is better to take red meat only as an occasional cheer than diet as a food, which belongs to the daily diet. Red meat such as pork and beef, it is full of saturated fats, which definitely good for the heart.

Moreover, according to some studies, products of processed red meats such as bacon, sausages or sausage, not only increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, but also colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum). Dr Ostfelda of Montefiorského Medical Center in New York would be more than 10 percent of your diet should come from animals and animal products.

Rejection of fruit and vegetables

”The healthiest diet for heart vegetable diet,“ says Dr. Ostfeld. That means lots of fruits and vegetables, nuts, whole grains and dairy products.

New dietary precepts suggest that half of each meal was composed of fruits and vegetables. Scientific studies show that people who eat more than five servings of fruits and vegetables a day have about a 20 percent reduced risk of heart disease and stroke than people who eat three or fewer servings of fruits and vegetables per day.

Smoking or living with a smoker

Even if you’ve already heard a million times that you should quit smoking, according to Dr. Ostfelda this recommendation bears frequent repetition.

”Smoking is an absolute disaster for your heart,“ said Dr. Ostfeld. Smoking causes blood clots, which can block blood flow to the heart and contribute to the growth of plaque in arteries.

Dr. Ostfeld also recommends bombing smoking ban smoking all around, because of involuntary smoking is equally dangerous. In the U.S. alone die every year from heart disease 46 000 non-smokers who live in the same household with a smoker.

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