Whenever characters in movies or television shows have heart attacks, the event is portrayed as dramatic—and there’s rarely any doubt about what’s happening. Because of this, many people expect heart attacks to come with chest-clutching pain and collapse. However, according to research from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study, 45 percent of heart attacks are considered “silent heart attacks.”
We all know stress can affect your emotional well being, but the physical toll of stress is often much more dangerous to your long-term health. Often, people experiencing high stress may mistake the physical manifestations of their stress as an illness or other health problem.
Learning how to listen to what your body is telling you could be the message you need to slow down or change your habits. So, what bodily symptoms of stress should you be looking out for?
Are you getting enough sleep? A well-rested heart is a healthy heart. A recent study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology and reported in Men’s Fitness Magazine outlined four heart-healthy behaviors for study participants to adopt, and added that participants who received an adequate amount of sleep were less like to develop or die from cardiovascular disease.
First, 14,000 men and women between the ages of 20 and 65 were asked to eat a nutritious diet, exercise, refrain from smoking and drink alcohol in moderation. Those that adopted all four of the healthy behaviors outlined by researchers were "…57% less likely to develop cardiovascular disease—and had a 67% lower chance of dying from heart or blood vessel problems" in comparison to those who adopted one or none of the habits.
You know that doctors receive specialized training in certain areas of medical expertise but that doesn't mean you fully understand just what a cardiologist does. If you need to see a cardiologist, it may help to get some background on this field before you go so you can have a better understanding of how a cardiologist can help you.
Being a couch potato is bad for your heart health. Research has revealed that people who spend more than four hours a day on the couch, whether they are watching television or just relaxing, are twice as likely to die from or get hospitalized for heart disease. Those who are required to sit for long hours while they are at work are also more vulnerable to heart disease. If you are a couch potato, it is essential that you start exercising regularly, because exercise is one of the best ways to fight heart disease.