Most Dangerous Things
1. Scientists have known for a while that smoking is dangerous for your heart.
2. Extra flab, especially around a person's mid-section, can also make a heart attack more likely.
3. It may seem obvious, but spending too much time on the couch without moving your body can create problems for your heart as well.
4. Not eating enough fresh foods, like vegetables, fish, and nuts, can also up your risk of a heart attack.
5. Cutting out dairy may not be ideal for your heart. Some evidence suggests that a regular dose of cheese may help protect yourheart, but it can't be the low-fat kind.
6. Frequent dieting, especially if you're rebounding a lot, can also stress out your heart and prompt a deadly attack.
7. Not getting enough sleep (seven to eight hours a night for most people) is another way to set your heart up for failure.
Heart diseases - chiefly heart attacks - are the number one killer in the US. In 2018, they killed 695,960 people.
The heart is the body's most critical life pump, and a heart attack (or myocardial infarction, by its more scientific name) is what happens when a person's heart can't get enough blood.
When this happens, people often start to feel dizzy, get chest pains that might shoot through the left arm, and become short of breath.
Inside the body, a heart attack is usually the work of a blood clot, which blocks our hardest-working muscle's normal supply of blood. A heart attack can do serious damage to people's heart muscles.
The good news is that by and large, heart attack rates are improving: They're both less deadly and less common than they used to be in the US. According to a study released in March, heart attack hospitalizations have gone down 38% since the mid-90s in the US, and the mortality rate for heart attacks is at an all-time low, though not in every community.
But even as doctors learn more about what causes heart attacks and how to prevent them, attacks are becoming more common in young people. The proportion of heart attack patients under 40 has been climbing at about 2% a year for the past 10 years, according to recent research presented at the American College of Cardiology's Scientific Session.
Ø Heart disease is the number one killer in the US.
Ø But many heart attacks are preventable, and they're becoming less deadly and less common than they used to be in the US.
Ø Some of the most straightforward things that raise your risk of an attack include being overweight, not getting enough sleep, and smoking.
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