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Top 5 Reasons Unknowingly Raising Risk for Heart diseases Featured

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Other than lifestyle factors some elements unknowingly raises your risk for heart diseases.

heart-healthy-diet-150x128Researches always link the incidence of heart diseases with faulty lifestyle. Clinician or fitness trainers constantly deal with sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy diet, poor sleep, stress and smoking or drinking to ward off the risk of heart diseases. Majority of people or even experts are of opinion that these are only the reasons for heart problems.

However, going beyond that studies have shown the role of commonly encounter but neglected factors as a significant player in the etiology of heart diseases. Along with faulty lifestyle, these factors also raise risk for heart diseases unknowingly. Not only common man but sometimes professionals also ignore them unknowingly.

These are not the big issues but simple elements which we meet in everyday life. What we need is to understand them and opt for some alternative remedy to control them.


Infections, very commonly encountered in everyday life, can unknowingly contribute for development of heart diseases. Sinusitis, bronchitis and to some extent, urinary tract infection lead to heart diseases reported on CNN health.

Infection results in the spread of bacteria into the circulation also known as endotoxemia. Such endotoxemia lead to inflammation of blood vessels as tested by elevation in C-reactive protein, a marker for inflammation. Inflammation favors formation of fatty plaque inside blood vessels and subsequently blockage and heart problems.

Consult your physician once you notice any signs of infection. Proper identification and early treatment help to reduce the level of infection to a great extent.


Azithromycin, very commonly used antibiotics for bacterial infection, can be a reason for heart illness. According to study published on New England Journal of Medicine, people on Azithromycin therapy are at increased risk for heart-related death. The impact is more in people who are already sufferers of heart diseases.

Health care provider can choose alternative to Azithromycin like amoxicillin or levofloxacillin in management of bacterial infections.

Calcium supplements

Calcium supplements should be taken with caution as they may raise your risk of heart attack documented on Webmed. Calcium supplements are regularly prescribed for management of osteoporosis; a porous bone disease.

Calcium supplements with or without vitamin D risk for heart diseases, according to Women’s Health Initiative Calcium/Vitamin D Supplementation (WHI CaD) study reported in British Medical Journal. Study further revealed that long term calcium supplement substantially increases a serum calcium level. Raised calcium level is positively linked with arterial plaque formation, aortic calcification and heart attack.

Due to adverse impact on heart health, experts suggest picking calcium-rich foods over supplements to balance your calcium level.

Gum problems

According to report from The Journal of the American Dental Association, gum diseases are leading culprit for heart diseases.

Oral microbes from infected gums find their way into blood vessels. These bacteria increased blood coagulability and lead to formation of fatty plaque. Gum diseases are also associated with elevated levels of inflammatory markers, which are predictive of heart problems.

Maintaining oral hygiene and consultation from a dentist for gum problems will help to solve the problem.

Kidney diseases

Heart disease is a common problem notice in patient suffering from chronic kidney diseases documented in American Association of Kidney Patient.

A chronic kidney Sufferer has increased level of homocysteine, a chemical in blood required for protein formation. Homocysteine is responsible for hardening of arteries and subsequently heart problems.

According to some studies bacterial endotoxemia associated with kidney diseases may also a probable reason for ill effect on heart health.

Regular treatment from your physician and adoption of healthy lifestyle pattern will help to control kidney diseases.

These are few risk factors, which unknowingly increase a risk for heart diseases. However simple precautions will help to avoid major health consequences.

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