With every beat, the heart sends a portion of blood through a range of blood vessels in order to nurture and fuel itself. As a powerful muscle in constant action, the heart has a steady demand for oxygen and nutrients.
Worse Than Smoking
How does a sedentary lifestyle contribute to this pathology? Why is sitting too much becoming even more dangerous to our cardiac health than smoking, as is often cited in current headlines?
A heart attack is the ultimate complication of a disease, which may often remain silent for years before revealing itself in a single, and sometimes deadly event. Heart disease remains the number one cause of deaths worldwide, accounting for more than 15 million deaths in 2015 alone. In comparison, road injuries killed 1.3 million people in the same year (WHO, 2017). According to the American Heart Association, up to 80% of heart disease and strokes are preventable. So, what exactly happens to the heart during an attack?
About The Author
Eric Soehngen, MD, PhD is a board-certified senior Physician and the Founder and CEO of WALKOLUTION – the maker of the medical based workplace system, that lets users walk while working.
WALKOLUTION applies latest scientific findings to reshape the future of work and corporate health.
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Death by Sitting explains in a comprehensible and accessible format, with scientific accuracy exactly how sitting has become “the new smoking”. Read why we need a movement revolution.
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