- Heart disease is a group of conditions relating to the heart, such as cardiomyopathy, atrial fibrillation, and heart failure.
- The obvious risk factors for heart disease are smoking, lack of exercise, and a poor diet, but there are many other seemingly strange risk factors as well.
- Some risk factors are within our control like working long hours, flossing, and being more social. However things like past traumas, height, and cancer aren’t.
Most of us know that in order to live a happy, healthy life, we need to take care of our heart. While all our organs are important, the heart is what keeps us alive. It pumps blood and oxygen through the body, providing us with a pulse. Without one, we can’t survive. Heart disease is a group of conditions relating to the heart, such as cardiomyopathy, atrial fibrillation, and heart failure.
We assume that if we don’t smoke, drink excessively, exercise regularly and eat healthy that we won’t get heart disease. Unfortunately, that’s not true. There are many risk factors for heart disease, and some of them are just downright strange! Thankfully, we can change some of them, but there are others we can’t. Here are 18 of the oddest risk factors for heart disease…
The trauma a person experiences as a child follows them into adulthood. It changes so much about a person, their personality, their outlook on life, their mental health, and can even increase their risk of heart disease. According to WebMD, violence, bullying, and abuse in childhood (including seeing harm done to others), has been linked to high blood pressure, obesity, and type 2 diabetes in adults. All of these health conditions increase a persons likelihood of heart disease.
The reason adults with this kind of history in their childhood are more likely to have these conditions is because of all the stress it puts on their body — physically and mentally. This type of intense stress can change how the body works, says WebMD. They may also be dealing with the stress of feeling unsafe as a child in unhealthy ways as an adult.