How to Keep Your Heart Healthy

Maintaining a Healthy Heart

Besides visiting your doctors, especially a cardiologist if you have one, there are things you can do on your own to keep your heart healthy! Here are 3 ways to do so. 

 

Don’t sit in one place for too long: Now this may be hard in the age of remote working, but it’s important to remind yourself to take breaks and move throughout the day. Sitting in the same place for an extended period of time can be bad for your health, no matter how much exercise you do. An 147% increase in cardiovascular events were found in those who spent the most time sitting. Some things you can do throughout the day to keep yourself moving are taking quick walks, a break for yoga, or use a standing workstation!

 

Sleeping: Adults should be getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. Sleep is important because it’s our body’s time to restore and rest up for the activity of the following day. Sleeping is also important for consolidating memories and things learned throughout the previous day. Too little sleep can cause disruptions in health conditions like blood pressure, which will affect your heart. Additionally, the heart and sleep are linked together through sleep apnea, which is related to heart diseases and arrhythmia. If you struggle with sleeping issues, you should visit your primary care physician or find a somnologist. 

 

Practicing Good Dental Hygiene: Dental Health is a good indication of your overall health. The risk factors for gum disease are often the same risk factors for heart disease. Additionally, studies have been conducted that show the bacteria from gum disease may move into the bloodstream and cause an elevation in C-reactive Protein. This protein is a marker for the inflammation of blood vessels which will increase your risk of stroke and other heart conditions. Visiting your dentist regularly will also keep your dental hygiene up to par. Be sure to floss and brush your teeth daily to combat gum and therefore heart disease.