1. Not flossing your teeth
According to recent studies, people who suffer from gum disease are at higher risk of developing heart disease. Indeed, bacteria due to gum disease are likely to travel throughout the body and trigger inflammation of the arteries.
2. Taking too much ibuprofen
Although it is useful for relieving headaches and pain, it is still important to beware of the side effects of ibuprofen. People who take too much ibuprofen have a higher risk of heart attack, stroke, and blood clots.
You don’t learn anything by telling you that smoking is fatal to your health. According to the latest Government of Canada census, more than 37,000 Canadians die prematurely each year because of tobacco use. Smoking contributes to clogged arteries, increases the risk of blood clots, reduces the oxygen content of the blood and increases blood pressure. Did you know that after a year of not smoking, the risk of death from cardiovascular disease is cut in half, and after 15 years, the risk is no greater than that of a person who has never smoked? If you think you can’t do it alone, don’t hesitate to consult a health care professional.
Snoring may be a sign that you have sleep apnea, which is characterized by a cessation of breathing. If this is the case, it can cause your blood pressure to rise.
5. Do not exercise
One of the main causes of cardiovascular disease is certainly a sedentary lifestyle. To keep your heart healthy, it is recommended to exercise 30 to 60 minutes a day. Taking the stairs instead of the elevators, getting off at a subway station earlier, walking 15 minutes after a meal are a few examples that are easy to apply in our daily lives. It is advisable to take about 10,000 steps a day, get a pedometer, and set goals, it will help motivate you!
6. Eating an unhealthy diet
For the good of our hearts, it is essential to eat well. Are you eating enough fruits and vegetables? These foods are rich in vitamins and minerals that protect the heart and blood vessels. In addition, they are a source of fiber and their antioxidant properties slow down the development of arterial blockages. Get into the habit of cooking. Prepare varied and balanced meals, remember that half of your plate should consist of vegetables. If you don’t have time to cook during the week, prepare more meals on weekends and freeze them.
7. Skip breakfast
In addition to not starting the day well, not eating in the morning inevitably leads to an increase in the number of calories at other meals. According to a study conducted by researchers at Harvard University, this increases the risk of heart attack by 27%.
8. Eating trans fats
Trans fat is one of the main factors that damage the heart. Where is it found? In processed foods, such as snacks, muffins, cookies, etc. In addition to enhancing the texture and flavor of products, trans fat helps extend its shelf life. These are aspects that companies, but certainly not consumers, favor. The consumption of trans fat raises the level of bad cholesterol and lowers the level of good cholesterol in the system. As a result, it increases your chances of suffering from heart disease. If you can, avoid processed foods. Otherwise, read the ingredients carefully and discard those with that ingredient. The best alternative? Make your own snacks or choose unsalted nuts, which are excellent sources of protein and unsaturated fats.
One of the most difficult factors to control, but whose consequences are just as important for the heart, is stress. It is responsible for causing high blood pressure, raising cholesterol levels and narrowing the arteries, and it is essential to know how to control it. Take the time to identify the sources of stress in your life, those that can be eliminated and those that you need to learn to deal with. Then find ways to relax. Exercise, meditate, read… In short, take some time for yourself, it will do you a world of good.
10. Have an atypical schedule
According to studies conducted by researchers at Western University, people who work shifts are 23% more likely to suffer a heart attack. This is mainly because this irregular schedule causes a disruption of the heart rhythm.