9 Heart Disease Risk Factors No One Talks About

Are you doing everything possible to lower your risk of heart disease?

I have bad news for you. You may be still at risk. Regular exercise and a healthy diet alone may not be enough to lower your risk, even if you don’t have a family history of heart disease. Let’s look into some important heart disease risk factors no one talks about.

1. Depression

It’s pretty common knowledge that depression is detrimental to our health, but did you know that depression increases the risk of heart disease?

Research shows that depressed people have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease.

Researchers have not established a link between depression and heart disease, but low energy and lack of motivation, which are prevalent among depressed people, may be contributing factors.

2. Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) could be an early sign of current or future heart problems. ED and heart disease have the same risk factors, such as obesity, smoking, diabetes and old age.

It’s not safe to ignore ED. See a doctor if you have the problem.

3. Lack of Shut-Eye

Getting enough sleep doesn’t just help you manage stress and depression, it can keep your heart healthy, too.

Research shows that waking up at night raises blood pressure and increases heart rate. Additionally, lack of sleep leads to poor lifestyle choices, such as inactivity and late-night snacking.

You can lower your risk of heart disease by sleeping for seven to eight hours every night. Follow these brilliant tips to get adequate sleep every night.

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4. Holding onto Anger

Anger causes many disastrous physiological changes in your body. It raises blood pressure and can rupture arterial plaques, resulting in life-threatening blood clots. You may be surprised to know that anger increases the risk of a heart attack more than nine-fold, according to research.

Releasing anger will definitely help keep your heart healthy. Hitting tennis balls or a punching bag are great ways to relieve stress and stay active.

5. Excess Belly Fat

Excess belly fat poses many health risks. It increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Both visceral fat (fat around internal organs) and subcutaneous fat (fat under your skin) increase the risk of heart disease. Visceral fat raises the risk by 45 percent while subcutaneous fat raises it by 22 percent, research shows.

You may not be safe, even if you’re a little overweight. Use strength training and a healthy diet to get rid of excess belly fat.

6. Work Stress

Work stress, due to working for long hours or having a bad boss, can ruin your heart health. According to a Swedish study, employees with bad bosses have a 40 percent higher risk of a heart attack.

Another study found that people who are worried about losing their jobs are 20 percent more likely to have heart disease compared to those not worried about losing their job.

You can turn stress into motivation by exercising every time you feel stressed.

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7. Gum Disease

If you have gum disease, you are two to three times more likely to have heart disease. The same is also true if you’ve lost teeth in your middle age.

Other than brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily, you need to go for a dental exam every six months.

8. Past Pregnancy-Related Conditions

You may be at risk, even if your childbearing years are behind you. Any complications you had during your pregnancy can increase your risk of heart disease.

Women are at risk if they developed pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure and protein loss during pregnancy) or gestational diabetes (a type of diabetes during pregnancy) during pregnancy.

9. Loneliness

Are you a non-smoker who feels lonely frequently? You may have the same risk for heart disease as a smoker, according to research. Maintain strong social connections as you age, since older adults report feeling lonelier.

Do you know other lesser-known heart disease risk factors? Share them in the comments.


Leopold Marek
Leopold Marek16 days ago


Leopold Marek
Leopold Marek16 days ago


Ruth R
Ruth R16 days ago

No. 8 is the only one I didn't know about before, so thanks for posting - useful info.

Kathy K
Kathy K16 days ago


Barbara S
Barbara S17 days ago

thanks for sharing

BumbleBrie B
BumbleBrie B17 days ago

Thanks for this, and I’m going to share this with Facebook and Pinterest.

Toni W
Toni W17 days ago


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Toni W17 days ago


Danuta W
Danuta Watola17 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

Leanne K
Leanne K17 days ago

This article ought to be titled Narcissists really do break the empaths heart. If you are presenting with the above conditions then the chances are you too have suffered narcissistic abuse