1.) Watching Too Much Television
Admit it: When you sit in front of the TV, your mind may be occupied, but your body doesn't do too much for the duration of your couch time. Extended periods of inactivity like this can have a very negative effect on the heart, even in those who exercise daily. Remaining sedentary can affect your blood pressure, as well as your blood sugar and fat levels. It is also a contributing risk factor for problems like coronary heart disease and blood clots.
2.) Excessive Drinking
Drinking excessively may increase your chance of heart failure, because it can raise your blood pressure, skyrocket your blood fat levels, and lead to weight gain due to extra calorie intake. Heavy drinking can also lead to something called cardiomyopathy, which is a complication where the heart muscles become weakened and therefore cannot pump blood to the rest of the body at an efficient pace, resulting in heart failure.
4.) Overeating & Eating Too Much Red Meat
High-calorie foods and excess carbohydrates result in fat production, which can lead to a build-up of plaque in the arteries and drastically increase your risk of having a stroke.
While red meat may be delicious, it's very possible to eat too much of it. Red meat is generally high in saturated fat, which raises unhealthy cholesterol. When unhealthy cholesterol levels go up, so does your chance of developing heart disease and having a stroke.
5.) Piling On Salt
As yummy as a plate of salty fries or a bag of salted popcorn might sound, salt - also called sodium - has a habit of increasing our fluid retention and raising our blood pressure. A spike in blood pressure is never good, as it puts strain on the heart and can lead to a heart attack, stoke, or other serious cardiovascular problem.