While maintaining a nutritious diet and engaging in regular exercise are crucial behaviors for maintaining heart health, did you know that several typical negative habits might also endanger your heart?
Kevin R. Campbell, MD, a cardiac electrophysiologist at North Carolina Heart and Vascular UNC Health Care in Raleigh, says numerous behaviors people take for granted can harm their cardiovascular health.
The American Heart Association lists four routine behaviors that can surprisingly harm the heart.
1.Sitting all day: The American Heart Association states that those who sit for five hours or more each day run a double-edged risk of developing heart failure.
2. Drinking too much alcohol can result in high blood pressure.
3. Excessive salt consumption: salt contains sodium, which, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, can lead to high blood pressure, a risk factor for heart disease.
4.Not getting enough sleep: according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, your heart rate and blood pressure dip during the first phase of sleep, then rise and fall in response to your dreams during the second phase. These changes can promote cardiovascular health.