Unexpected Ways to Boost Your Heart Health

February is Heart Health Month, a critical time to bring attention to the leading cause of death in Bermuda and many developed nations: heart disease. 

When we consider heart health, diet and exercise immediately come to mind. However, there are other, perhaps less obvious, strategies that are just as vital for maintaining a healthy heart. Here are four unexpected heart-healthy tips to incorporate into your daily routine: 

1. Dental Health: Your Heart's Silent Ally

Your smile may do more than just light up a room—it could also be a gauge for your heart's wellbeing. Recent research suggests a link between gum disease and heart disease. The common denominator? Bacteria. When plaque on your teeth leads to gum disease, these bacteria can enter the bloodstream and travel to the heart, potentially causing inflammation and damage. The signs of gum disease are red, swollen gums, bleeding during brushing or flossing, and persistent bad breath. Preventing gum disease is straightforward: brush twice daily, floss regularly, and don’t miss those biannual dental check-ups. These simple habits are not just about a bright smile; they’re about keeping your heart beating strong. 

2. Sleep: The Unsung Hero of Heart Health

A good night’s sleep is more than just rest—it's a period of healing for the heart. Disruptions in sleep patterns can lead to high blood pressure and a greater likelihood of heart complications. To enhance the quality of your sleep, embrace habits such as basking in natural light during the day, engaging in physical activity, and powering down electronic devices before bedtime. If snoring is an issue—particularly if it’s loud enough to disturb your or your partner’s sleep—it’s worth discussing with a doctor, as it could be a sign of a more serious health issue.

3. Get Moving: Combat the Sitting Menace

Our sedentary lifestyles, whether behind a desk or the wheel, contribute to heart disease risk. This is why breaking up long periods of sitting with movement is essential. Regular exercise is crucial, but equally important is being mindful of how long you're sedentary. Stand up, take walking breaks, and embrace any opportunity to move. This not only improves circulation but also boosts heart health.

4. Kindness: A Heartfelt Prescription

Did you know that compassion could be a remedy for heart health? Engaging in acts of kindness—like volunteering, mentoring, or simply holding a door—triggers biological changes that lower blood pressure and improve heart health. It's a win-win: boosting someone's day and your heart health simultaneously.

Join Us in Heart Health Month

As we observe Heart Health Month, let's embrace these holistic tips. Beyond the benefits of a balanced diet and regular exercise, remember that taking care of your teeth, getting quality sleep, staying active, and spreading kindness are all part of a comprehensive approach to heart health.

At Argus, we're committed to supporting your heart health journey, not just in February but all year round. Explore our resources, take advantage of our partnership discounts, and let's make heart health a priority together.

DISCLAIMER: The content in this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.