According to the National Institutes of Health, and many other sources for that matter, there are certain risk factors that make heart attacks more likely, such as smoking, obesity and high blood pressure. But what many people don't realize is that there are also times when people are at greater risk for having a heart attack.
Most dangerous times for heart attacks
According to holistic heart doctor Joel K. Kahn, people can control other risk factors for heart attacks. This can be done by recognizing times when the risk is greater and making changes to reduce those risks. Here are a few suggestions:
- Flu - flu viruses can increase risk for heart attacks. Dehydration can clot blood, fever can increase heart rate, and the inflammation can damage arteries. Solution: seek medical attention for flu symptoms if you are at risk for heart attacks.
- Emotions - people who get very, very emotionally excited increase their risk for having a heart attack during these emotional highs. Whether it is yelling at a sporting event or losing your temper with someone, the key is to remain as calm as possible.
- Mondays - yes, many heart attacks occur on Mondays. Why? After a relaxing weekend, many people tense up and brace themselves for a stressful Monday. This can be changed by developing a more positive attitude and by stretching and walking more, especially on Mondays.
- Shoveling snow - this is a bad one. Shoveling snow combines two dangerous elements: cold and strenuous activity, both of which put stress on the heart. Take it easy and pace yourself if you have to shovel snow and take breaks often, even if you feel you don't need to.
- Death of a loved one - heart attacks can occur during the week after the death of a loved one. Researchers have found that grieving increases the risk of a heart attack. It is always a good idea to surround yourself with family and friends during this time and not be alone.
- Natural disasters - experiencing a natural disaster can certainly increase the adrenalin and heart rate. After the 2011 tsunami in Japan, heart attacks among survivors occurred at a rate three times higher than normal.
Being aware of all the risk factors that can lead to a heart attack can often prevent heart attacks from occurring and could even save your life.
Learn more about heart attack risks at www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/911-Warnings-Signs-of-a-Heart-Attack_UCM_305346_SubHomePage.jsp