Surprising Risk Factors for Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, implicated in one out of every four deaths annually. Today, the risk factors for heart disease are well-known: smoking, high cholesterol, hypertension, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, diabetes, and stress. But research has uncovered several other risk factors that might surprise you.


We are all used to the noise of modern life — the sounds of traffic, the hum of the electrical appliances in our homes — they hardly seem worthy of notice. Yet research has shown that every 10-decibel increase in noise in our environment causes a stress reaction that increases our risk of heart disease.


We know that secondhand smoke is a significant risk factor for heart disease, but loneliness is a risk factor of the same magnitude. Feeling alone causes stress and high blood pressure, both of which increase the odds of heart disease and stroke.

Gum Disease

Flossing your teeth is not just a matter of interest to your dentist, it is also of interest your cardiologist. Research has shown that one of the causes of inflamed arteries is bacteria that enters your system through your gums. When you take care of your teeth and gums, you are also taking care of your heart.

The Flu

Recent research has found a surprising association between influenza and heart attacks. A person is six times more likely to have a heart attack in the week after having the flu than they are in the entire year before and after they had the flu. Although researchers are not sure why that is, it is certainly one more reason to make it a priority to get a flu shot every year.

At Hamilton Grove Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, in Hamilton, NJ, our care programs are designed specifically to meet the unique needs and interests of seniors and long-term care patients. We spare no effort in fostering an environment that is cheerful and enthusiastic, an environment that considers every aspect of our residents’ health.

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We promote a culture of independence, crucial for emotional, social, and physical health. Residents are encouraged to choose their activity and meal preferences, and to perform tasks and activities as self-sufficiently as possible.

We carefully select, train and re-train our wonderful caregivers, who are especially sensitive to the needs of our long-term care patients. They treat residents with love, compassion, and dignity.

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