Going overboard with exercise: Exercise is good for your heart, but you need to know how much is too much. Rigorous endurance training (even for athletes) can take a toll on the heart. In fact, a study published in European Heart Journal showed that prolonged exercise can lead to cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat).



Ignoring signs of depression: Slowing down at work, inactivity and restlessness are subtle signs of depression that you might miss. Depression triggers the areas in the brain that control negative emotions to release pro-inflammatory chemicals. According to a study published in Biological Psychiatry these chemicals lead to hardening of heart tissues and increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases.


Bad oral hygiene: Researchers at Forsyth Institute in the United States established the link between bad oral hygiene and increased risk of heart diseases.


Having multiple partners: Love nurtures your heart and keeps it beating. But having multiple partners just make it too much for your heart to take. A study indicated that men who practised polygamy were four times as likely to suffer from coronary heart diseases as they aged.


Lack of sunlight: Sitting in your AC office and eating fruits isn’t enough. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, lack of vitamin D can lead to hardening of the arteries, which increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases over a period of time.


Feeling demotivated: Having a high sense of purpose in life may lower your risk of heart disease and stroke according to a new study led by researchers at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt. So if you do not have goals and plans to achieve them, it’s time to think.


Lack of sex: People who have an active sex life are likely to live longer according to a study presented at the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology Congress 2015 (APSC 2015) in Abu Dhabi. More reasons to sizzle in bed.


Shallow breathing: When you breathe from your chest and not your belly, there is less intake of oxygen, which can scar the heart tissues and make you prone to heart diseases.


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