Not all heart problems come with clear warning signs. There is not always an alarming chest clutch followed by a fall to the floor like you see in movies. Some heart symptoms don’t even happen in your chest, and it’s not always easy to tell what’s going on.
The more time that passes without treatment, the greater the damage. The part of the heart that dies during a heart attack cannot grow back or be repaired.
We aren’t all doctors, so how are we supposed to know our heart isn’t working properly?
Fortunately, our hearts give us lots of clues when we’re headed for heart failure or a heart attack, and if we know what those clues are, we can save our own lives and the lives of those we love.
1. You easily get angry
Fiery emotions can drastically increase your risk for a heart attack. An intense outburst of anger, defined as “very angry, body tense, clenching fists or teeth” have been found the cause of heart problems to most patients. The more often you’re angry, the higher your chances for a heart attack.
2. You spend most of your time in front of a screen
Research claimed that eople who watch TV or work on a computer for four or more hours a day increase their risk of an event associated with cardiovascular disease, like a heart attack. Long periods of sitting deplete the body’s supply of lipoprotein lipase, an enzyme that breaks down fat and prevents clogged arteries.
3. Getting less than six hours of sleep each night
Consistently missing the 7-hour-mark of sleep could be deadly. There might be some habits that are giving you insomnia like checking your phone before bed or getting an extra bite. Better to avoid those things before it’s too late.
4. You live in a smoggy area
Smog is just as bad for your heart as it is for your lungs. Hourly air pollution exposure to small combustion particles that come from fuel burning and vehicle emissions affects patients who had heart attacks.
5. You’re divorced
Divorce can cause literal heartache. Researchers assessed the participants’ marital status and overall health and found out that divorced peopls were 25 percent more likely to have a heart attack than those who stayed married.
6. You live in an area with extreme temperatures
Studies show that both extreme cold and extreme heat can put people at risk for heart attacks. Exposure to temperatures lower than 17º F increased patients’ risk by 36 percent.
If you have one or more of these factors, see your health care provider to find out how to reduce your risk of having a heart attack.