The 17 worst habits for your heart

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Sitting for hours on end increases your risk of heart attack and stroke, even if you exercise regularly.

“Intermittent exercise doesn’t compensate for the... more 
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Watching TV-
Sitting for hours on end increases your risk of heart attack and stroke, even if you exercise regularly.

“Intermittent exercise doesn’t compensate for the time you sit,” says Harmony R. Reynolds, MD, associate director of the Cardiovascular Clinical Research Center at NYU Langone Medical Center, in New York City.

Why? The lack of movement may affect blood levels of fats and sugars.

Dr. Reynolds advises walking around periodically and, if you’re at work, standing up to talk on the phone.

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Everyone wants to have a healthy heart. Still, cardiovascular disease affects more than 1 in 3 adults in the United States.



The good news is that some simple, everyday habits can make a big difference in your ability to live a healthy lifestyle.



Here are the 17 worst habits for your heart, and how to avoid them.