The 11 Worst Habits That Are Destroying Your Heart   

Not moving enough, especially regularly, is unhealthy. Inactivity increases frailty, cognitive decline, and death risk. Fortunately, most heart-pumping activities are good starting points.

Being a couch potato

Not everyone recognises the link between alcohol and heart health. Too much alcohol raises blood pressure, causes irregular heartbeats, and is directly toxic to the heart.

Drinking too much alcohol

Skimping on sleep

Poor sleep or untreated sleep apnea can raise blood pressure and harm the heart. Diabetes and obesity, which harm heart health, are linked to sleep deprivation.

Opting for unhealthy food

An American Heart Association committee ranked the DASH diet first in a Circulation review of heart-healthy diets. This diet is low in salt, added sugar, alcohol, and processed foods and high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes to treat or prevent high blood pressure.

Living a lonely life

One in three 50-80-year-olds felt isolated in 2023, according to the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Ageing. More than one-third of older adults (37%) felt lonely. These conditions can harm your heart.

Smoking tobacco

Tobacco is unhealthy whether you vape or smoke cigarettes or cigars. So is secondhand smoke. As most people know, tobacco destroys your lungs and causes cancer, but it also damages your heart.

Minimizing your mental health 

Stress management is essential for good health. Uncontrolled anxiety makes us more likely to do harm. Stress raises blood pressure. Try doing something you enjoy to relax and breathe better. 

Waiting to lose weight 

Obesity increases heart disease risk. Even if you feel healthy and have good numbers, researchers have found that being heavier increases your risk of heart disease, a silent heart injury.

Neglecting your teeth

Some researchers say dental hygiene and heart health are linked, but the evidence is unclear. That is, poor oral health can affect heart health. Gum disease is linked to heart disease, apparently due to bacterial infections and inflammation.

Giving up too soon

Healthy heart health is hard to achieve and maintain, especially when others do things you know are bad for you. Many of these health behaviours we've found to be important vary by community or culture.

Ignoring the snoring

If you snore a lot, it could be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a more serious condition. People with this disorder have trouble breathing while they sleep, which can make their blood pressure go through the roof.

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