5 Habits To Prevent Heart Disease For Black Women

… human-to-human interaction in many instances has declined. Research shows that spending meaningful time with family and friends is an important part of a robust and heart-healthy lifestyle!

Tips:  Plan a healthy lunch date or fun activity with girlfriends. It will be time well-spent catching up AND getting fit!

4. Crossing your legs?

It may be more comfortable for you, but not for your heart. The National Institutes of Health reports that routinely “crossing your legs for long periods of time when sitting,” particularly above the knee, is associated with developing blood clots which are associated with heart attacks.

Tips: If getting out of the crossing habit is a challenge, do it for shorter periods of time. Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, Cardiologist and author of The Great Cholesterol Myth, suggests crossing no more than “10 to 15 minutes, and to get up and walk around every half hour or so.”

READ:  Life’s Simple 7 For Heart Health

5. Healthy mouth, healthy heart  

While still not completely understood, research shows that a possible link exists between gum disease and heart disease.  Studies have found that gum disease is an important risk factor for diseases such as stroke and heart disease.

Tips: To get to those gums, daily flossing is key. Your heart will thank you!

 

Visit the BlackDoctor.org Heart Health center for more articles and tips.