A cardiologist shares 5 tips about keeping her heart healthy

3. Get enough sleep

Journal of the American College of Cardiology recently stated that too little or too much sleep can result in an increased chance of getting a heart attack. Dr. Hythe tries to get between seven and eight hours of sleep per night herself. She states that sleep is essential for the health of your heart. Your heartbeat and blood pressure go down when you sleep. The cardiologist also rather reads a book before going to bed than watching TV as a TV series only keep you from sleeping.

4. Meditate

A lot of people see meditation as something too abstract and floaty, but it is really good for your heart. Meditation slows your heartbeat down a little and makes your blood sugar lower as well. Both are good for the health of your heart says Dr. Hythe.

5.  Clean teeth

Keeping your heart healthy by brushing your teeth? That sounds a bit odd, but the two are linked. Hythe explains that bad oral hygiene and unhealthy gums are connected to heart diseases. Therefore, she visits a specialist twice a year to have her teeth thoroughly cleaned. The research that Hythe talks about looked at the oral hygiene of 682 people. The result? The people who brushed their teeth less than two minutes twice a day has a bigger chance to get heart diseases than people who did brush their teeth two minutes twice a day.

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