5 Risk Factors for Heart Disease | Cedars-Sinai


We know now the people who have regular
sleep are less likely to have coronary disease and we recommend that people
sleep at least seven hours ideally eight to nine hours a day. Snoring can be a
sign that at night times you’re not getting enough oxygen and that stress
actually raises your blood pressure. People who snore generally tend to be a
little bit overweight, tend to have higher blood pressure, and that can indirectly
be a risk factor for not only atherosclerosis or heart disease but for
atrial fibrillation. It’s not just the lack of oxygen it’s also the higher
blood pressure, the higher weight so that all the factors work together. There are
a percentage of women that, despite doing all of the right things, are at risk for
what we call preeclampsia which is an elevation and your blood pressure. So,
it’s a normal process of when you get pregnant that you increase your blood
volume. Make sure that you follow your blood pressure. Women are 10 times more
likely to die of heart disease than they are breast cancer, something that I think
a lot of people don’t realize and it leads to problems because women are less
likely when they have symptoms–chest pain, shortness of breath–to actually
seek medical attention. People who are around other people tend to be more
active. So, when you have a friend go for a walk together and talk with that
friend. Go with your spouse take a walk every day. It’s not a simple relationship
but clearly social isolation is increased risk factor for not just heart
disease but for mortality overall.

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