Top 10 heart attack triggers

  1.  Traffic exposure triggers about 8 percent of heart attacks among those who are vulnerable, and it can affect you if you're a driver, a passenger, or even a bicyclist riding along the road.
  2.  People who are sedentary most of the time, and then suddenly engage in heavy-duty physical activity, are most at risk. The best protection against this is to regularly engage in exercising.
  3. Too much alcohol can increase inflammation and interfere with your body's ability to dissolve blood clots, putting your heart at risk.
  4. Smog, vehicle exhaust, and other polluting particles emitted by vehicles and other sources of air pollution, combine to form a potent, but silent, killer.
  5. Both intense positive (extreme happiness, excitement, joy etc.) and intense negative emotions (depression, grief, anger etc.) can stress the heart.
  6. A number of studies have proven that a person's risk of heart attack greatly increases with the number of cigarettes he or she smokes. There is no safe amount of smoking. Smokers continue to increase their risk of heart attack the longer they smoke.
  7. Stress is a normal part of life. But if left unmanaged, stress can lead to emotional, psychological, and even physical problems, including heart disease and high blood pressure.
  8. Taking illicit drugs such as cocaine and marijuana has been linked to constriction of blood vessels leading to heart damage or stroke, irregular heartbeat, and death.
  9. Being overweight or obese can raise your risk for heart disease and heart attack because it increases the odds of getting blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
  10. Inactive people are nearly twice as likely to develop heart disease as those who are active.


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