27 Daily (Healthy) Habits That Are Ruining Your Heart, According to Science

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Each year, around 647,000 people in the United States die of heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). And while your family history and certain medical conditions can increase your risk of falling into this statistic, your daily habits are also often to blame for ruining your heart.

For example, did you know that eating just one serving of fried food a week could increase your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by 11 percent? Or that getting fewer than six hours of sleep a night could increase your risk of critical plaque buildup by 27 percent? To help you stay on top of your game, we’ve called in the experts to learn the daily habits that ruin your heart.

1. You sleep too much.

2. Or you don’t sleep enough.

3. You work the night shift.

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, your heart could really do without that wacky work schedule. The study found that among women who worked as registered nurses, long-term rotating night-shift hours were associated with a statistically significant increased risk of coronary heart disease.

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