7 Surprising Things That Can Hurt Your Heart [Infographic]

February 09, 2017 7:00 AM

Heart disease can be related to many sources. Here are several you might not expect.

Most people know that smoking isn’t a heart-healthy habit.

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Nor is a diet rich in fatty foods — or consecutive days spent planted on the sofa to binge-watch a new favorite show. Whether because of lifestyle or genetics, culprits such as diabetes or a high cholesterol level also play a role in one’s cardiovascular health.

In addition, many other things can be toxic to your ticker. Some of them might surprise you.

Consider these factors to help evaluate your own risk, and always talk to your doctor about your concerns.

Infographic about 7 surprising heart disease factors

Sources: Hypertension, University of Michigan; American Heart Association, Melvyn Rubenfire, M.D., University of Michigan; Henry Ford Hospital, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, American Dental Association, American Heart Association; BMJ, University of York