While you're making an effort to eat healthy foods, get more exercise and generally live a healthier life to protect yourself from heart disease, there may be some sneaky factors leaving you with a soaring risk that you didn't even know about.
From eating too many healthy foods, to exercising too much, cleaning your home and earning below what you think you're worth, your entire life is putting you at risk of heart disease.
That's why we've found ten of the most common risk factors of heart disease you may never have known about and, more importantly, explored them to find out how to prevent them from leaving you in a poor state of health
Here they are…... ››› more
Nowadays, omega 3 fatty acids are a household name.
They're an essential part of your health and play a major role in maintaining every cell in your body.
If you currently eat a healthy portion of omega 3s every day, well done! You're doing your overall health a huge favour and you're lowering your risk of heart disease.
But this health boost can be undone if you're also eating too many of another type of omegas.
There's another type of omega that's part of your every day life. One that you might not know as much about as you do about omega 3s…
Read to find out what it is and why it could be the reason you develop heart disease…... ››› more
If you pride yourself on being able to function every day on only six hours of sleep, you might want to rethink your health.
Sleeping is not only about your brain function and your ability to concentrate. It has a huge effect on another important part of your health: Your heart.
Experts say, sleeping six hours or less a night is so detrimental to your heart health it'll leave you with disease, or it could significantly impact current illnesses you suffer from.
Read on to find out what's going on inside your body when you don't sleep enough and why it's leading you down a path to heart disease…... ››› more
There's nothing new we can tell you about exercise and the benefit it has on your heart.
But what you might not know is that exercising too much can kill you!
You read that right…
In fact, when you do too much high intensity exercise, your risk of dying from a heart attack is higher than that of someone who doesn't exercise at all.
Two recent studies posted in the journal Heart explain that this has to do with the effect exercise has on your heart.
Read on to find out why and how you can protect your heart health by exercising just the right amount…... ››› more
Are you constantly wiping surfaces, mopping floors and giving your home a good clean every other day?
It might leave you with double the heart attack risk compared to those who have a dirtier home!
The sad truth is, you're probably trying to protect yourself from disease by keeping your home clean. But, without even knowing, you're putting your health at risk because of it!
It's all because of the chemicals you expose yourself to every time you clean.
Here's what the experts have to say about it and how it's affecting your heart health…... ››› more
While you're not very overweight - and you're far from being obese - you're carrying a few extra few kilos you could easily afford to get rid of.
But what does that mean for your heart health?
The thing is, not many studies focus on disease and illness in people who are only “slightly” overweight i.e. with a BMI of 25 to 30.
But the ones that do have some significant evidence to support that your disease risk is still quite shocking.
Take this 2007 study for example. Dutch researchers collected data from 21 other studies to include 302,296 participants. They wanted to know what the difference in heart disease risk was for people who were only slightly overweight compared to those in the obese category.
Here's what they found…... ››› more
Menopause doesn't CAUSE heart disease, reassures the American Heart Association. It's what you do in your younger years that increases your risk of heart disease when you hit menopausal age.
For instance, if you're heavy, don't get regular exercise and smoke before you reach menopause, your risk of heart disease is higher than women who are healthier.
If you're heading towards menopause, it's important to really look at the state of your current health, says Dr Nieca Goldberg who volunteers for the American Heart Association.
And with the average age women start going through menopause being 52, she recommends you do this as early as 40.
Here's why…... ››› more
You may only think about your anxiety and depression and what it's doing to your mental health.
But the truth is, it affects more than just your mind!
It affects your heart too!
In fact, nowadays, doctors screen patients with depression for heart disease. Especially if they have any other risk factors for heart disease on top of depression and anxiety.
You see, there's a direct link between depression, anxiety and heart disease. Experts say depression TRIPLES your risk of dying from heart disease compared to just having heart problems.
And a study conducted in North Carolina confirms this…... ››› more
We won't be the first to tell you to quit smoking and we definitely won't be the last.
We're also not going to force you to quit, we just want you to know what it's doing to your health so you can make the decision whether it's worth carrying on the habit.
As you know, smoking affects your lungs. With the toxins from the cigarette smoke constantly irritating your lung tissue and causing inflammation your risk of lung cancer increases.
But did you know smoking affects your heart almost as much?
WebMD.com says as many as 20% of people who die from heart disease do so as a direct result of smoking!
That's a whopping 20% risk of dying from heart disease without even considering the other risk factors smoking comes with!
And the more you smoke and the longer you smoke for, the higher your risk!
Read on to find out why…... ››› more
You can see your migraine coming for miles.
First, you'll have blurry vision, spots in front of your eyes and severe light sensitivity.
Then there's the upset feeling in your stomach. The type that leave you wondering if you're going to have to rush to the loo in the next few minutes, or if you're going to remain queasy and nauseous all day.
Then comes the pain. That throbbing, pulsing, debilitating, skull-splitting headache that feels like it'll never end.
It can put you out of action for hours and even leave you feeling under the weather for days.
Once it's gone, you're grateful it's over.
But is it really?
The effect it has on your body is only just beginning…... ››› more
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