How to Keep Your Heart Healthy

Heart paroblems become more and more common the older your get. As you age, your heart needs a little bit of extra help to stay healthy and keep doing its job.

Here are some easy ways to keep your cardiovascular health in line.

1. Get Enough Sleep

This is perhaps the easiest thing you can do, as it requires no extra effort. Not enough sleep puts you at risk for cardiovascular health issues no matter the age. And, it’s found that people who get fewer than six horus a sleep are twice at risk fo developing heart problems. With this in mind, you should make sleep a priority! Make sure to get into a routine of getting at least seven to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. If you have trouble sleeping, look into differe sleep techniques such as listening to calming, meditative music, not using electronics and bright screens before bed, or even try ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response).

2. Avoid second-hand smoke (or smoking in general)

It’s no secret that smoke causes lung problems, but its an issue for your heart as well. If you already have underlying heart problems (such as things like high cholesterol), being exposed to cigarette smoke raises the likelihood of death through heart disease or other cardiovascular problems.

If you’re a smoker, try and find ways to quit and keep yourself healthy for longer.

3. Floss your teeth

This might sound weird, but yes, flossing your teeth (and just good dental hygiene in general), can help your heart! The bacteria in your mouth can move into the bloodstream, which causes problems later on down the line. Your gum health can even be considered an indicator for your heart. Get to flossing and brushing your teeth if you don’t do so already.

If you’re concerned with your cardiovascular health, you can always consult your doctor and consider genetic testing to see if your have any sort of other genetic risks for your heart. Getting tested can keep you and your family safe!