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Heart Disease and Sitting: The Link and How to Prevent It

Many people in the Atlanta area have a job that has them sitting at a desk in an office for most of the day, every day. Even if you work from your own home, you probably find that your desk time far outweighs the time that you are physically active. You might not realize exactly how much time that you are spending in your chair, but recent studies suggest that being aware of your sedentary behavior could save your life. This study revealed that over half of the average person’s hours are spent sitting down when they are awake, and all that sitting could lead to a premature death. One major factor of this premature death? Developing heart disease.

If you spend your days at a desk, switching to standing at work at a height-adjustable workstation could help you to prevent developing this deadly disease. Keep reading to learn more.

 

What Is Heart Disease?

Heart disease is a medical condition that affects the blood vessels of the heart. This disease can, and often does, block the major arteries that carry vital oxygen and nutrients to the heart, causing a heart attack. Unfortunately, many people do not take heart disease seriously and believe that surgery or medication can cure the condition. This is not true—heart disease is a lifelong condition that cannot be reversed once someone has developed it. There are ways to improve the circulatory function of the vessels and arteries around the heart, but these structures will be damaged indefinitely once you have heart disease. Until major changes are made to start living a healthy lifestyle, the damage will only worsen.

 

How Is Heart Disease Developed?

There are certain risk factors that cause a person to be more likely to develop heart disease. These include:

 

  • Smoking
  • Being overweight
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Preeclampsia
  • Family history of heart disease
  • An unhealthy diet
  • Being over the age of 55

 

As previously mentioned, sedentary behavior can also increase your risk of developing heart disease. It is important to be aware of how much time you are sitting at your desk, and to make it a priority to decrease this inactivity. You should not wait until you are older to make positive changes towards healthy living, but studies suggest that those who are over the age of 55 have the greatest risk of developing heart disease.

 

Standing at Work Can Help

Standing at work could help more people to prevent the development of the deadly condition that is known as heart disease. Standing periodically through your work day can improve your circulatory health and decrease your sedentary behavior. This is a change that should be made gradually. Though heart disease is concerning, you should not go from sitting to standing all day overnight.

Our product, the Sit2Stand Height-Adjustable Workstation makes this transition easy. If you would like to learn more information, visit our product page or contact a representative with Uprite Ergo today.

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