Obesity, sitting for long periods, staying up late, stress, high-calorie and high-sodium diet, excessive alcohol intake…you might think you’re still young and healthy, but how many of these factors that increase risk of cardiovascular disease apply to you?
For our first mini-workshop of the year, Wistron ITS invited Dr. Wen-cheng Liu, a cardiologist at the Tri-Service General Hospital, to share tips for taking care of yourself and others to maintain cardiovascular health.
Dr. Liu said that the nature of engineers’ and office workers’ jobs makes sitting in front of computers all day long unavoidable, but according to research, for every hour spent sitting, the risk of cardiovascular disease increases by 14%. However, many studies have also proven that taking short breaks when sitting for long periods of time can significantly lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, compared to not taking breaks at all. Whether you’re an engineer or an office worker, remember to stand up and move around or do some stretching exercises every hour, to help protect your cardiovascular health. You can also try standing while you work or taking a walk while conducting team meetings.
As we have now entered the annual “weiya” banquet season, Dr. Liu also reminded everyone that while good food and drink is to be enjoyed, it is also to be enjoyed with moderation. “If half a portion is enough, don’t eat a whole portion.” Although drinking wine can help prevent cardiovascular diseases, alcohol intake should be limited to the equivalent of 2 glasses of red wine or 3 cans of beer. Remember, getting just a little tipsy at parties is a lot more fun than getting completely drunk!
While it’s been warm during the day recently, temperatures can differ greatly between night and day, and later this week temperatures will drop to 13 degrees. When the temperature drops 1 degree, risk of cardiovascular disease increases by 2%, so Dr. Liu also reminded everyone keep themselves warm, especially in the head and neck areas as well as your arms and legs.
Our colleagues also asked many questions during the workshop, and we hope that everyone can enjoy a year of good health by taking care of their hearts!