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Keep your heart healthy: These 10 new study results will surprise you

Sleep, noise, your blood group…they are all affecting your heart. Stay on track and check out the latest findings on cardiac disease.

fitness Updated: Jun 29, 2017 20:27 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Heart disease,Cardiovascular disease,How to prevent heart disease
Lifting weights for one hour per week can lower risk of cardiovascular disease.(Shutterstock)

India is reported to witness nearly two million heart attacks annually, with one person dying every 33 seconds from it. But with newer studies and research throwing light on various aspects of the disease, it is easier to take measures to protect yourself.

Right from noise to a sedentary lifestyle and oversleeping, there are many things that can affect your heart. Here is what the latest research has to say about heart disease, its prevention and cure.

Constant change in noise can affect heart rates. ( Shutterstock )

1) Noise can affect your heartbeat.

Researchers from Nottingham Trent University in the UK found that constant changes in noise — even at low levels — had an immediate and disruptive effect on normal heart rates. It is especially pertinent in India where noise pollution exceeds permissible limits in seven cities.

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2) Oversleeping on weekends can increase your risk of heart disease.

Going to bed and waking up much later on weekends than during the week can lead to an 11% increase in the likelihood of heart disease, according to a research done by University of Arizona, USA. Hence, sleep regularity and not just sleep duration can be important for your health.

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3) Lifting weights for one hour per week can lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

A study by researchers from University of Radboud University Medical Centre, the Netherlands, (known as Radboudumc), shows that resistance exercise, or weight training, for less than one hour per week can reduce risk of developing metabolic syndrome, which leads to cardiovascular disease.

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People with O blood group are at less risk of a heart attack. ( Shutterstock )

4) Your blood group can affect the risk of a heart attack

An international study conducted by Kole and Associates, found that people with A, B, and AB blood types may be at greater risk of cardiovascular diseases, particularly heart attacks, when compared to individuals with O blood types.

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5) Women who breastfeed their babies have lower risk of developing heart disease.

Here’s another good reason to breastfeed your baby. According to a study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, women who breastfed had about a 10 lower risk of developing heart disease or stroke later in life.

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6) A unique gene has been identified that staves off heart disease.

Researchers from Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in the UK found a cardioprotective gene in people living in isolated Greek villages that protects them from heart diseases despite consuming a diet rich in animal fat.

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7) The heart cannot regenerate tissues and heal itself.

A group of researchers from the Regenerative Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine found that the heart muscle is one of the least renewable tissues in the body. The study was published in the journal Nature.

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8) Mental stress can increase risk of death in heart disease patients.

A study by Technical University, Munich, Germany, says that people with persistent mental distress, including depression and anxiety, were nearly four times as likely to have died of cardiovascular disease and nearly three times as likely to have died from any cause.

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Olive oil has healthier fats which can reduce cholesterol. ( Shutterstock )

9) Olive oil can be as good as statins in reducing cholesterol levels.

Studies done by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston suggested that for a healthy heart, you can consume healthier fats like olive oil and safflower oils to reduce cholesterol levels and heart disease as much as statins.

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10) Early menopausal symptoms may predict heart disease.

Women who experience menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats earlier are more likely to die from cardiovascular disease (CVD) as compared to those with later onset of such symptoms, says research by the University of Pittsburgh at Pennsylvania, USA.

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First Published: Jun 29, 2017 17:58 IST