Heart Disease: The 10 Things You Need to Know

Learn how to manage and improve your heart health.

Heart Disease: The 10 Things You Need to Know

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in both men and women. Heart attacks are most frequently caused by plaque buildup in the arteries, which leads to blockage of blood and oxygen flow to heart muscle. It's important to address warning signs as soon as possible in order to prevent further complications. Read up on these 10 key facts and learn how to manage and improve your own heart health.

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Aim for 6-8 Hours of Shut Eye

Men who sleep less than five hours a night show two times the risk of developing heart disease than those who get seven to eight hours. Sleep helps to regulate insulin activity, and lack of sleep causes your cells to be more resistant to insulin, which results in higher blood sugar and may contribute to weight gain and heart disease. Exhaustion is another symptom of heart disease that is often ignored in women. If you notice that you're persistently exhausted, even after sleeping well, consult your doctor.

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