10 Daily Habits That Damage The Heart

Heart is one of the hardest working organs in your body. It is also the organ that is most neglected because of our lifestyle and dietary habits. As a result, you could end up with cardiovascular disease. But by making a few changes to certain habits, you can have a healthier and optimally functioning heart.

Here are the 10 daily habits you should be looking to change as they can damage your heart.

(Note: This content is prepared under the guidance of Dr. Zainulabedin Hamdulay – Leading Cardiac Surgeon in Mumbai, India)

1. Sitting and Watching too Much Television

You may be physically active for a short while, but if you love sitting for hours and watching TV, you are giving an open invitation to a stroke or heart attack.

When you sit for long hours, without moving, your blood thickens, causing your heart to work harder. This thickened blood can increase the chances of stroke or heart attack.

There is no harm in watching television as you make it a point to get up and walk around at least twice an hour. You can even use commercial breaks to do a little bit of cardio to keep your heart healthy.

2. Skipping Breakfast

If you are in the habit of not having breakfast before leaving for work, you are causing your heart a lot of damage. We are not saying it, research states this.

A study in 2013 by the US based Harvard School of Public Health found that people who regularly miss breakfast are 27 percent likelier to get a heart attack or succumb to coronary heart disease compared to those who always make it a point to eat in the morning.

3. Getting Overly Stressed

When you are stressed out, the body releases cortisol, the stress hormone, and adrenaline. Your body goes into fight-or-flight mode that increases heart rate and blood pressure.

If you are constantly stressed out, this perpetual state of elevated heart rate and blood pressure can damage the blood vessels in the heart, thereby increasing your chances of getting a stroke or heart attack.

It is advisable to take up yoga or practice deep breathing exercises to de-stress yourself each time you find your stress levels increasing.

You can even find a way to release your pent up emotions by speaking to trusted friend or family member about what is bothering you. Even though you may not get a solution to your problem, you will feel lighter sharing your burden.

4. Not Flossing Your Teeth

You may not think that flossing is important, but researchers have found a connection between heart disease and gum disease.

If you floss regularly, you get rid of plaque that grow and thrive on your gums. If you don’t floss, you will ingest the plaque, which is replete with bacteria.

These bacteria can result in inflammation, which can lead to atherosclerosis. Now you have another reason to floss your teeth every day.

5. Going Overboard with Alcohol

Drinking too much alcohol can elevate your blood pressure, causes blood fats to increase significantly and it even increases your calorie intake which can lead to obesity.

High blood pressure & obesity both are linked to heart disease. Heavy drinking weakens the heart muscle which affects the hearts ability to pump blood and this is known as cardiomyopathy, it can even lead to premature death through heart failure.

6. Gorging on Red Meat

You may have heard it time and again that red meat is bad for health because it contains high levels of saturated fat.

This fat can increase your chances of developing not just cardiovascular disease, but also colorectal cancer.

So, learn to reduce your red meat intake. If you do eat it on special occasions, look to consume a small portion of lean red meat.

7. Inhaling Cigarette Smoke

Whether you are a smoker or work and live in the company of smokers, you are in the process of damaging your heart.

Both active and passive smoking can lead to blood clots, which obstruct the flow of blood to your heart. Smoking can also damage your heart and lead to plaque buildup in your blood vessels.

If you have been meaning to quit smoking, now you have another reason besides lung cancer and emphysema to kick this nasty lifestyle habit.

8. Not Eating Enough Fruits and Veggies

Even though you may consider yourself to be a thoroughbred carnivore, you better start munching on fruits and veggies if you want to keep your heart healthy.

Eating a diet that is rich in plant-based foods will decrease your chances of developing heart disease or getting a stroke.

Health specialists state that people who consume a heart-healthy diet comprising fruits, whole grains and vegetables, can reduce their chances of getting a stroke or heart disease.

9. Eating Too Much Salt

Yes, food tastes insipid without salt, but if you love salt, you will be a candidate for elevate blood pressure. The sodium in the salt is the culprit.

High blood pressure means increasing your risk of a stroke or heart attack. Healthcare providers recommend not consuming more than 2,300 mg salt a day.

However, if you already have high blood pressure or you are more than 50 years, you should not be consuming more than 1,500 mg of salt.

Read food labels carefully to study sodium content and this will allow you to make informed food choices. Also, while preparing dishes at home, start reducing the salt you add.

This way, you will get used to less salt. Instead, give your food a burst of taste and flavor with herbs and spices.

10. Eating Unhealthy Calorific Foods

If you favor foods that have high oil, fat and sugar content, you are just munching on empty calories without consuming vital nutrients.

A high-calorie diet that has few or no nutrients will cause more fat to circulate in the blood. This fat will get deposited on the arterial walls, resulting in clogged or blocked arteries, which can lead to a stroke or cardiovascular disease.

Make an effort, instead, to eat a heart-healthy diet comprising whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meats, poultry, fish, low-fat dairy, and legumes.

Changing these daily habits that can damage your heart can be difficult. Also, it will not happen overnight. However, you should continue to persevere until you eliminate these habits and make heart-healthy habits a part of your daily life.

Note: Images used in this article are copyright free & used from Freepik


  1. Husein says:

    Appreciate such caring thanks doctor

    1. Team Dr. Hamdulay says:

      You are welcome Husein.

      1. Hanif Qureshi says:

        Jazakallah…May god give you long life to serve for this humanity

        1. Team Dr. Hamdulay says:

          Thanks Hanif for your kind words. Aameen

      2. Rakesh jain says:

        thank you sir, for this support. every time wakeup in the night and checking that my dad belly is going up and down or not.So now I want to do that I clearly want to check their daily rutene. Thanks a lot sir.Doctor help us to live healthy life as like God.

        1. Team Dr. Hamdulay says:

          Hi Rakesh,

          By implementing a healthy life style we can prevent many diseases. May God bless your father.


  2. SALIM MULLA says:

    Jazakh ALLAH Dr

    1. Team Dr. Hamdulay says:

      Thanks Salim Mulla

  3. manzur says:

    jazakallah dr

    1. Team Dr. Hamdulay says:

      Welcome Manzur!

  4. Nasruddin says:


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      Welcome Nasruddin.

  5. NAWAZ KAZI says:

    Thanks for sharing…sharing it further , as sharing is carin

    1. Team Dr. Hamdulay says:

      Yes Nawaz, Sharing is Caring!

  6. Abdul qadir says:

    Tkas u sir

    1. Team Dr. Hamdulay says:

      You are welcome Abdul Qadir.

  7. Manzoor Nadkar says:

    Thanks for sharing great information. Please Share such informations in future also.

    1. Team Dr. Hamdulay says:

      Hi Manzoor,

      Sure, we want to create awareness about heart disease, please forward it to your friends & family members.


  8. Rizwan Ahmed says:

    Dr. Sahab.

    Must be share by newspaper advt.

    1. Team Dr. Hamdulay says:

      Thanks Rizwan, forward it in your circle.

      1. Aasif Shaikh says:

        Thanks sir for sharing a valueable message.

        1. Team Dr. Hamdulay says:

          You are welcome Aasif Shaikh.

  9. Firdos Shirgoankar says:

    Very useful tips sir Jazakallah

    1. Team Dr. Hamdulay says:

      Glad you liked it Firdos.

  10. Ashfak Haveliwala says:

    Thanks Dr.Saheb for taking out your valuable time & giving us Info of our precious Heart.

    1. Team Dr. Hamdulay says:

      You are welcome Ashfak.
      Yes our heart is very precious, we should take extra care of it.

  11. Nizar ali Vadsariya says:

    Thank you so much sir

    1. Team Dr. Hamdulay says:

      You are welcome Nazir.

  12. Afroz says:

    JazakAllah doctor for the information…:)

    1. Team Dr. Hamdulay says:

      You are welcome Afroz.

  13. Shafi says:

    Thanks for sharing this info. May Allah reward you for your great services.

    1. Team Dr. Hamdulay says:

      Thanks shafi,


  14. Md Aamir says:

    Thanx sir

    1. Team Dr. Hamdulay says:

      Welcome Aamir

  15. Dr. Shabab khan says:

    Assalamu alaikum. ThanK u sir for such valuable information. May Allah bless u for ur work.

    1. Team Dr. Hamdulay says:

      Walaykum Assalam Dr. Shabab, You are welcome.

  16. Shirin says:

    Thank you so much Sir.

    1. Team Dr. Hamdulay says:

      You are welcome Shirin.

  17. khurshed Ahmad khan says:

    Very very thanks dr

    1. Team Dr. Hamdulay says:

      You are welcome Khurshed.

  18. Khalid Parkar says:

    Excellent, useful

    1. Team Dr. Hamdulay says:

      Thanks Mr. Khalid.

  19. mustafa chatrissa says:

    excellent advise doctor.god bless you

    1. Team Dr. Hamdulay says:

      Thanks Mustafa.

  20. Saif Shaikh says:

    Thank you Doctor for giving us timely advice on good health. May Allah give you good health.

    1. Team Dr. Hamdulay says:

      Thanks Saif for you kind words.

  21. Moin Ansari says:

    I m a pathologist. What precautions i take ? Become i m sitting 4 long time.

    1. Team Dr. Hamdulay says:

      Hi Moin,

      Please read this article https://www.drhamdulay.com/tips-keeping-heart-healthy-office-hours/


  22. Faiyaz peahmam says:

    Jazakh ALLAH Dr

    1. Team Dr. Hamdulay says:

      Thanks Faiyaz

  23. DR. Shagufta says:

    Jazak-Allah hu khairan. Sir, you have done a great job.

    1. Team Dr. Hamdulay says:

      Thanks Dr. Shagufta.

  24. Ismail Pawaskar says:

    Assalamu alaikum Dr. for your excellent, useful & elabarative tips on heart and health. JazakAllah

    1. Team Dr. Hamdulay says:

      Walaikum Assalam Ismail,
      Glad you liked the article.

  25. Abdul Rauf khan says:

    jazaqALLAH DR.saheb

    1. Team Dr. Hamdulay says:

      Welcome Abdul Rauf

  26. Henrietta says:

    I will be more careful now onwards thanks to doctor fr very helpful advices!!!

    1. Team Dr. Hamdulay says:

      That’s Good Henrietta.

  27. deshpande sumaiyya says:

    Thnx and jazak allah khair sir

    1. Team Dr. Hamdulay says:

      You are welcome Sumaiyya.

  28. Ibrahim patel says:

    Thk u sir for giving us valuable information

    1. Team Dr. Hamdulay says:

      You are welcome Ibrahim.

  29. Afzal Merchant says:

    Dr. Hamdulay
    I have given your booklet on chest pain to school headmasters who hv appreciated

    1. Team Dr. Hamdulay says:

      Hi Afzal,

      Thank you very much for spreading awareness about Heart Disease.


  30. ibrahim mulla says:


    1. Team Dr. Hamdulay says:

      Thanks for your wishes.

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