It makes you wonder how it happened, what you did wrong, was it something you ate?.
Could be…So let’s talk about it a bit.
By now you’re probably tired of hearing that the best way to hang on to a healthy heart is by making healthy food choices and getting regular exercise. And, if you listen to your doctor, taking the medications prescribed for you.
That’s all good. But even if you’re doing all that, there are a few events called heart attack triggers that can cause your heart to misbehave.
Generally, doctors think of the Four E’s first. They are:
- Exposure to cold
- Emotion and
And it goes like this:
1. Too much exertion, too quickly
All of us know that a regular exercise program is good for us, but it’s important to work up to a level of fitness and not just “jump in.”
- If you’re not used to regular aerobic exercise, sudden and strenuous physical exertion can lead to a heart attack.
This can include everything from:
- Playing competitive sports
- Going hunting and carrying an animal
- Sex with a new partner/sexual activity (really!)
- Running or shoveling snow.
If you’re not used to exercising, have cardiac risk factors such as a family history of heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol high blood pressure or obesity, these types of activities can put a serious strain on your heart.
Starting an outdoors exercise routine, especially in extreme hot or cold weather, can be dangerous.
2. Cold temperatures
Cold temperatures is one of the heart attack triggers because they increase your risk of a heart attack. The cold causes the arteries to constrict, which can cause a sudden increase in blood pressure.
- Combine this with physical exertion and the effects could be dangerous.
Remember that shoveling snow is hard work and puts extra strain on your heart.
Each year, shoveling snow sends more than 11,000 people to the hospital. While most have orthopedic injuries, 7% have cardiac problems, and many of these are heart attacks. Don’t be a hero.
3. Intense emotions
This heart attack trigger is more important than you can imagine. As it turns out, extreme emotions, both good and bad, can have an impact on the electrical impulses of the heart.
- Studies show that the stress levels, from extreme happiness to acute grief, can trigger a heart attack.
This is due to the body’s involuntary and sudden increase in heart rate and blood pressure brought on by a surprising event.
- Recent studies of grief have shown that the greatest risk of having a heart attack is within the first 24 hours of losing a close loved one.
- Also, that the risk can stay high for a month after the person’s death.
- Extreme anger is another emotion with real consequences for the heart.
➡ In a 36-year study at John’s Hopkins, it was discovered that men who are quick to anger are more likely to develop premature heart disease and five times more likely to have an early heart attack. Better to chill…
4. Eating a big meal
Studies have shown that a heavy meal can be a heart attack trigger within a 26 hour period after the meal.
- Researchers believe that this could be because eating raises levels of the hormone norepinephrine, which can increase blood pressure and heart rate.
Studies have also shown that other triggers for people with compromised heart function include:
- Excessive drug and alcohol use, too much caffeine and severe air pollution.
Knowing that these and other events can lead to a heart attack can be sobering and make you reconsider your choices.
Stay Informed: LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR HEART