The heart is about the size of your clenched fist. It's emplaced in the front and middle of your chest, behind, and slightly to the left of your breastbone.
This organ of the body is really important because of the functions it performs in your body. Some of these functions are encapsulated below:
• Regulating your blood pressure.
• Pumping hormones and other essential substances to various parts of your body.
• Pumping oxygen-rich blood to different parts of your body.
• Collecting deoxygenated blood and carrying metabolic waste products from the body.
The heart performs these 4 crucial functions in the body, but some day-to-day habits can pose a menace to this vital organ by lessening its capacity to pump blood, maintain blood pressure, and carrying metabolic waste.
Some of the day-to-day habits that affect the heart include;
1. Chronic sitting
Sitting for a long period triggers your imminence of heart complications and high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Moving throughout the day can be of help more than exercise to reduce your imminence of health problems.
2. Chronic stress
Chronic stress is when you constantly engage in activities that require energy. Stress yourself regularly may invoke a rise in your blood pressure, which can lead to an increase in your risk of a heart attack.
3. Eating foods high in fat and cholesterol
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has suggested that consuming foods that contain a high quantity of fat and cholesterol may lead to an increase in your risk of a heart infection and cardiovascular disease.
4. Alcohol consumption
A high amount of alcoholic drink intake can lead to an increase in your blood pressure, lead to an irregular heartbeat and invoke a reduction in the flow of blood to your heart.
People who smoke excessively are more likely to suffer heart damage. Smokers are also 3 times more likely to die from sudden cardiac death.
Make sure you avoid these 5 habits to lessen your risk for heart disease.
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