The 11 Worst Habits That Are Destroying Your Heart

Watching TV

Sitting for long periods raises heart attack and stroke risk, even if you exercise."Intermittent exercise doesn't compensate for the time you sit.

Leaving hostility and depression unchecked

Feeling stressed, hostile, or depressed? It can strain your heart. Everyone feels this way sometimes, but how you handle it might harm your heart.

Ignoring the snoring

Snoring may indicate obstructive sleep apnea. Intermittent breathing during sleep might raise blood pressure.

Not flossing

Dr. Ostfeld says gum disease and heart disease are strongly linked, but the cause is unknown. Without flossing, bacteria-laden plaque builds up, causing gum disease.

You're either all or nothing

"I see so many people in their 40s and 50s start exercising with good intentions, hurt themselves, and stop.

Drinking (too much) alcohol

Studies show that little amounts of alcohol may be helpful for your heart. Many drink too much.Alcohol abuse increases the risk of high blood pressure, blood lipids, and heart failure.


In the U.S., 72% of men and 64% of women are overweight or obese, which increases heart disease risk.

Assuming you're not at risk

Stroke, heart disease, and heart failure kill more Americans than any other condition, including cancer.High blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, and smoking should be managed.

Eating red meat

Red meat should be eaten occasionally, not daily. Bacon, hot dogs, and red meat are high in saturated fat and may increase your risk of cardiovascular disease and colon cancer. 

Being a health procrastinator

Visit a doctor to get your cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels. Elevated levels increase the risk of silent killers like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Smoking or living with a smoker

You've heard it a million times: don't smoke. It's worth repeating.This smart bomb targets everyone around you.

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