Cardiovascular disease and stroke have remained the leading causes of death globally in the last 15 years...
If you know even just a few things about cardiovascular health, then key risk factors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, being overweight, smoking and a lack of exercise aren't all that surprising.
However, there are more risk factors than you realise - some of which aren't so obvious. Here are four seriously weird things that may affect your cardiovascular disease risk, for better or for worse.
Four things you didn’t know can affect your cardiovascular disease risk
#1: Eating breakfast regularly
Turns out breakfast really is the most important meal of the day! People who regularly eat a morning meal tend to have lower rates of cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol
and high blood pressure
, according to a recent scientific statement from the American Heart Association.
#2: The altitude where you live
A study published in the journal Frontiers in Physiology found that people living at high altitudes – between 457 m and 2,297 m –had a lower risk of metabolic syndrome than those who lived at sea level. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that increase risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes
, such as high cholesterol
, high blood pressure
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#3: Use of electronic cigarettes
While electronic cigarettes, also known as vapes, are somewhat safer than the real deal, they aren’t completely harmless. A recent editorial in JAMA notes that electronic cigarettes still contain chemicals such as acetone and formaldehyde, which promote blood clots, affect blood pressure
regulation and accelerate the formation of plaque in the arteries.
#4: How many children you have
Women who’ve been pregnant more than once are at higher risk of developing atrial fibrillation – a quivering or irregular heartbeat – later on, according to a study in the journal Circulation. The study found that women with four or more pregnancies were 30% to 50% more likely to develop atrial fibrillation compared to those who’d never been pregnant.
Which of these cardiovascular disease risk factors did you find most surprising?
Note: 5 of 1 vote