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Five Things Hurting Your Heart

Maintaining a healthy heart is a full-time job. Here are five things you may or may not know that make this job a lot more difficult.

Poor Diet

One study out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that people whose diet consisted heavily of Southern-style foods had a 56% increased risk for heart attack.

Long Commutes

A commute that’s longer than 30 miles results in a significant increase in the likelihood of obesity and a much higher risk for heart attack or stroke.

E-Cigarettes

No cigarettes, not even e-cigarettes, are safe when it comes to your heart health.

Poor Hygiene

Not regularly washing your hands can lead to viral or bacterial infections that put you at the risk for heart issues.

Sedentary Lifestyle

A recent study found that a sedentary lifestyle can increase the risk of heart disease in men by over 50%.

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How to Treat Heart Disease Without A Prescription

Drugs are an effective way to treat heart disease. However, there are ways to achieve heart health without a trip to the pharmacy.

Healthy Diet

An unhealthy diet, high in fat and sodium, can put stress on your heart. Too much fat and cholesterol cause plaque buildup in the arteries, and sodium can increase blood pressure.

De-Stress

An abundance of stress can increase high blood pressure and cholesterol. De-stress with exercise, journaling and meditation.

More Exercise

The American Heart Association recommends about 40 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity three or four times a week.

A Healthy Weight

If your body is at a healthy weight, your risk of diabetes and heart disease decrease. Regular exercise and a healthy diet go a long way to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

Avoid Smoking and Alcohol

Smoking and excess alcohol consumption are linked to heart disease, so quit smoking and limit your drinking. It’s never too late to quit - your risk of smoking-related heart disease decreases almost as soon as you stop.