Alcohol abuse can take a major toll on your ticker, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. In fact, researchers found that drinking too much can cause a slew of heart troubles, including:
- Double the risk of atrial fibrillation
- A 1.4-fold higher risk of heart attack
- A 2.3-fold increased risk of congestive heart failure
And even people without traditional cardiovascular risk factors are “disproportionately prone to these cardiac diseases in the setting of alcohol abuse,” found researchers. Committing to sobriety is the best step toward saving your heart! And this is especially true for women, who are more susceptible to alcohol-related heart disease than men.
11 Habits for a Healthier Heart
You can also care for your ticker by adding these heart-smart steps to your new sober lifestyle. Pick one habit from the list below and start today:
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Eat smarter, limit salt, sugar and processed foods and incorporate healthy fats.
- Say yes to fatty fish. Try incorporating salmon, herring, sardines or tuna into your diet.
- Commit to regular exercise. Set a goal of 30 minutes per day on most days of the week.
- Manage blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. Get your numbers tested by your healthcare provider.
- Quit smoking. Talk to your doctor about a method that might work for you.
- Prioritize sleep; aim for 6 to 8 hours per night.
- Meditate daily. Pick a tranquil spot and try to meditate in the same place each day.
- Manage stress levels by finding a relaxation technique that works for you
Alcohol Addiction Help at AJ’s House
Women face differing biological, emotional, and social issues during drug and alcohol addiction. At AJ’s Amethyst House, we take the context of our female clients’ lives into account throughout each phase of detox, addiction treatment, and aftercare planning. To learn more, call 855-221-1717.