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Build Good Habits to Repair Your Addiction-damaged Heart

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Although drug and alcohol abuse can weaken the heart as well as other organs, good practices can help stop further damage or even heal it a little. The important thing is to quit the addiction and build new, better habits. 

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By Jessica Walter
 
Are you looking after your heart? Our habits are not only what make us as people and personalities, but they also shape our health. This includes our most important organ: the heart. Excessive drinking and drug use damages the heart and increases the risk of cardiovascular failure as well as other heart-related conditions. Unsurprisingly, addicts are at a much higher risk of dying from a heart attack than other groups.
 
In addition to this, heart failure is the leading cause of death in elderly citizens. This concerns both those who are addicted and those who are not. Although drug and alcohol abuse can weaken the heart as well as other organs, good practices can help stop further damage or even heal it a little. The important thing is to quit the addiction and build new, better habits. These include:
  • tb5a-qti6xg-jamie-streetQuit your addictions, whether smoking, drinking, doing drugs, eating junk food
  • Start exercising slowly at first and gradually build up
  • Improve your diet with more vegetables
  • Cut down on unhealthy foods
It is important for you to understand not only how your heart works and how your addiction is damaging it but also how to fix it. To learn more, check out my article on what you can do to improve your heart health.
 
Jessica Walter is a freelance health and nutrition writer.
 
 
 

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