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.

More: Quiz: How Healthy Is Your Heart?


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.

Will you ever feel comfortable in your own skin? That is, if you don't make an effort to protect it? Although 64% of adults do report wearing sunscreen when outside for prolonged periods of time, it turns out that only about 10% of people surveyed actually protect themselves daily, according to a recent review.

No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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