If stress isnt properly controlled or managed, it can lead to further physiological damage like high blood pressure. This, in turn, will greatly exacerbate your chances of heart attack or stroke. Try starting with simple relaxation techniques like controlled breathing and meditation. Focus on each breath entering and exiting your lungs, and imagine your stress leaving you every time you exhale.
Its becoming ever more obvious that most of us arent getting the proper amount of exercise, especially this time of year. With the busy schedules that most of us carry, it doesnt often allow for that extra hour to hit the gym. Studies have shown that even moderate amounts of aerobic, physical activity can help reduce the risk of heart disease. Try incorporating things into your regular day that can help, like taking the stairs for example.
Studies show that smokers have more than double the risk of heart disease than non smokers. Its easier said than done, but if you smoke, quit. There are many aids available to help you along the way, and while they still contain nicotine, they are much safer than the alternative. These range from patches and gums, to prescription medications, and even newer ideas like electronic cigarettes.
Its estimated that 35% of American adults suffer from some form of gum disease or periodontal disease. You might think it an uncommon link, but recent studies have shown otherwise. One theory is that damaged tissues in the mouth like gum pockets (areas where the gums have pulled away from the teeth) can allow harmful bacteria to enter the blood stream where they can begin to form plaque in the arteries.