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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Alcohol Abuse Linked to Higher Heart Risk

A new study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, links too much drinking with an increased risk of heart troubles. 

Specifically, researchers found that alcohol abuse led to a doubled risk of atrial fibrillation, a 1.4-fold higher risk of heart attack and a 2.3-fold increased risk of congestive heart failure.

They also estimated that eliminating alcohol abuse would result in more than 73,000 fewer atrial fibrillation cases, 34,000 fewer heart attacks and 91,000 fewer patients with congestive heart failure in the U.S. alone. 

6 Habits for a Healthier Heart
So it goes without saying that getting help for your addiction is perhaps the best thing you can do for your heart! And, if you’re already in recovery, you can continue to care for this vital organ with a few heart-healthy steps.

  1. Say yes to fatty fish. Adding a few servings of salmon, herring, sardines or tuna, for example, to your diet can reduce your risk of a heart attack. It can help fend off depression, too, as they are rich in mood-boosting omega-3s. 
  2. Learn the facts about fat. There are good fats (mono- and polyunsaturated) and bad fats (trans fats, hydrogenated oils and saturated fats). And a heart-healthy diet should include good fats, limit saturated fats, and keep trans fats as low as possible, according to the American Heart Association.
  3. Quit smoking. Nicotine releases a toxin that lowers the HDL (good) cholesterol in your body, putting your heart at risk.
  4. Commit to exercise. Physical activity boosts HDL cholesterol, lowers LDL cholesterol, and minimizes plaque build-up in your arteries – plus it keep stress at bay. Aim for 30 minutes of aerobic exercise (jogging, cycling, hiking, playing tennis) most days of the week. 
  5. Make sleep a priority. Getting proper rest is a necessity for protecting your ticker. One study linked less than six hours of sleep per night with an increased risk for heart disease. 
  6. Meditate daily. This ancient practice has been study-proven to reduce stress and improve LDL levels. 
Alcohol Addiction Help at The Haven
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