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.

Exactly How to De-Escalate Aggression From a Stranger

Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.

THE INITIAL INTERACTION

Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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