We know you that you know about them; everybody does. So we are not going to waste your time telling you how they can happen suddenly, often without warning, can be pretty indiscriminate about age, and are often fatal.
Nope, we won’t tell you about that. Instead, we are going to give you a stern reminder about some of the worst habits, many of which you could still be engaging in, that you need to quit.
Why? So you don’t get a heart attack, obviously. So recite these to memory and remember, if you want to do everything in your power to ensure you live a long and healthy life, then you need to quit these habits.
Simply put, smoking has a negative impact on the function of your heart, as well as the structure of your blood vessels, both of which significantly increase your risk of heart attack.
Drinking Too Much
Numerous studies have linked drinking too much alcohol to higher blood pressure, an increased level of blood fats, weight gain, and even heart failure. We aren’t saying don’t drink, just do so in moderation.
Diet, more importantly, a healthy one, is vital to leading a happy and healthy life. However, the typical “American” diet is high in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, and sodium – which are all things that can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Lack of Exercise
“A healthy, balanced diet coupled with regular exercise,” is likely something you have heard before as the fundamental basis for being healthy. And the reason you have heard it is because it is true. Being physically inactive can lead to weight gain, which in turn strains the heart and further compounds the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and even diabetes.
May seem like a bizarre link, and scientists aren’t exactly sure why, but they have found a strong link between periodontal disease and heart health. What is known though, is that bad oral hygiene can lead to bacterial inflammation throughout the body, which is often a cause of heart attacks and strokes.
Illegal Drug Use
Anytime you put a foreign substance in your body, especially one of an illegal and illicit nature, you must understand that it comes with risks. And taking stimulant drugs like cocaine, crack and amphetamines can cause a spasm of your coronary arteries, which causes a heart attack.
Not Managing Stress
Stress is unavoidable, however, it is the way we react to it that makes such a big difference. Numerous studies have linked stress with the way the blood clots, which can increase the risk of heart attack.