You don’t smoke, you eat a healthy diet and watch your weight, and you’ve done your research to find out if your family’s genetics raise your likelihood to have a heart attack. You think you’re doing everything right to keep your risk low, and while you by no means should pump the brakes on these wonderfully effective strategies, you may be overlooking other factors because of how unrelated they seem.
1) You delivered a child prematurely.
If you had spontaneous preterm labor, meaning that you delivered a child that was born premature (before 37 weeks) and you were not induced, according to a study conducted by the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology, you face a doubled risk for heart attack. Researchers say this is because labor of this nature acts as a test of sorts for the heart, and your early labor is a sign that your heart failed that test.
2) You’re a mother of four or more.
The UT Southwestern Medical Center found that mothers of four or more children also have an elevated risk for heart attack. They believe that this is attributed to changes that happen in fat distribution around the abdominal organs after a higher number of births.
3) You’ve struggled with fertility issues.
If you’ve experienced the often emotionally painful experience of infertility or low fertility, you, too, have an increased risk. One example is polycystic ovarian syndrome, a condition that increases insulin, causes weight gain, and is linked to an increased risk for heart disease. It’s worth noting that women who have actively taken measures to prevent pregnancy may have low fertility issues and be unaware, so it’s always a wise idea to find out.
4) You were prescribed and took a PPI.
It stands for proton pump inhibitor and I find it to be the most fascinating risk factor for heart attack on this list. It’s available over-the-counter (think Nexium) and is also prescribed. A study with 2.1 million heartburn suffers found that those taking PPIs for an extended period of time had a whopping 16-21 percent higher likelihood to suffer a heart attack later in life. There’s no definitive answer from the science community as to why this is the case, but it’s likely due to the impact these drugs have on the lining of the arteries.
5) You’re experiencing horrible hot flashes.
Studies from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center compared women who’ve had none or a small amount of hot flashes with women who experience them almost daily. They found that many of the women in the second group also had significantly thicker carotid-artery walls, which can signal that you’re beginning to develop heart disease.
6) You had a certain childhood virus.
Coxsackie B often goes undiagnosed in children because the symptoms can be so mild—you just feel like you have an upset stomach or a slight fever. This quiet virus causes subtle injury to a child’s developing heart and the effects carry on into adulthood when the fully developed heart has difficulty responding to stress, increasing the risk of coronary disease.
Attack Back Against Heart Attack
If this list applies to you and you’re feeling frustrated, please don’t. While it likely may have been out of your control to prevent these risk factors, there is action you can take now. I recommend taking 1,000-2,000 mg of Super-EPA, 1,000 mg of GLA-90, and 100-300 mg of CoQ10 daily. The combination of EPA, DHA, and omega-3 fatty acids in Super-EPA will kick your cardiovascular health into high gear, whileGLA-90 will support healthy cholesterol while it stimulates your brown fat. CoQ10 is last, but not least, in this powerhouse trio. It’s revered as the premier heart-protecting compound because of its ability to prevent the oxidation of blood fats, reducing their danger to your arteries and cardiovascular system.
For those of you suffering from heartburn, before you succumb to another scary prescription or over the counter remedy, I suggest HCL+2. It’s a common misconception that high levels of stomach acid are what cause indigestion, but it’s actually low levels. HCL+2 is made from only natural ingredients and is a miracle for easing an upset stomach, gas, belching, constipation and/or diarrhea, and putting the fire out when you’re experiencing acid reflux.
May this knowledge help you prevent heart attack and keep your heart healthy long past when Heart Month is over.