Heart attacks may seem like they come out of the blue, but most don’t. We know that clogged arteries are the root of heart attacks, but there is usually something else that triggers them. Here are some common yet surprising heart attack triggers.
5 Heart Attack Triggers
1) Traffic pollution
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2) Physical exertion
This accounts for just over 6 percent of cases, but we’re not talking about the good kind of exertion that comes from exercise. Rather, people who are sedentary most of the time, and then suddenly engage in heavy-duty physical activity, are at higher risk.
“The risk is higher for those who are occasional exercisers compared to habitual exercisers,” says researcher Issa Dahabreh, MD, a research associate at the Center for Clinical Evidence Synthesis. So what can you do about it? Well, the most important thing to avoid this trigger is to get in shape, and maintain it.
“Overall, the bottom line? For susceptible people who engage in vigorous activity — whether exercise or sex — ”yes, the transient risk of a catastrophic cardiac event increases during and immediately after that period,” Franklin says. However, when people are in good physical condition, ”the risk is essentially non-existent or very, very slightly increased.””
3) Alcohol and coffee
These drinks each contribute about 5% to total risk of triggering a heart attack.
Heavy alcohol intake is thought to increase inflammation and interfere with your body’s ability to dissolve blood clots.
Coffee, on the other hand, seems to work in exactly the opposite way. Most studies linking coffee to heart disease have found that people who drink it less frequently are more prone to heart attacks than people who drink a lot of coffee.
According to studies, this activity increases your chance of heart attack by 2.2 percent. The horizontal activity seems to raise blood pressure and heart rates, triggering a cardiac event.
“Doctors have long known that physical activity can cause serious heart problems, but the