Can Too Much Sitting Lead to Heart Disease?

What is Heart Disease?Heart Disease

Heart (or cardiovascular) disease refers to various conditions that negatively affect your heart. Common conditions include blood vessel diseases such as coronary artery disease, heart rhythm problems (arrhythmia), as well as congenital heart defects that are apparent at birth.

Can Sitting Really Hurt?

Sitting for long periods of time has been linked to various heart problems, including obesity and metabolic syndrome – various conditions that include increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, abnormal cholesterol levels, and excess body fat around the waist. Research shows that people who sit for more than two hours daily can experience a 50% increase in death from any cause as well as 125% increase in events related to heart disease, such as chest pain or heart attack.

Common Symptoms of Heart Disease

While heart disease symptoms are dependent on the type of disease, many symptoms overlap. Shortness of breath (angina), chest pain or discomfort, irregular heartbeat caused by fluttering or pounding, and fainting are all common symptoms of heart disease. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor.

Healthy Habits

Research also shows that even weekly moderate to vigorous exercise doesn’t offset the risk of heart disease. The answers appear to be less sitting and more moving overall. Moderate changes to lifestyle, such as standing during a phone conversation or during lunch have been shown to lessen the risk of heart problems. Having a standing desk or walking laps, rather than sitting in the conference room, have also become popular in the workplace.

Contact Addison Internal Medicine

Addison Internal Medicine provides complete care for our patients. Whether it’s preventive care or ongoing assistance with a chronic condition, Addison Internal Medicine will make sure you receive the attention you need. If you’re exhibiting any of the above symptoms, be sure to schedule an appointment with a physician as soon as possible. Early detection allows for better treatment of heart disease.