We can bet on the common risk factors such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, inactive lifestyle, stress or high cholesterol levels to cause heart disease. Some weird aspects that don’t possibly qualify as risk factors according to you and me can also trigger a heart disease. Great! So now, to escape from the clutches of a heart disease we not only have to take care of the usual risk factors but have to avoid these bizarre ones too! Let’s have a look at the weirdest heart disease-stimulating factors:
Menstruation before the age of 12: Most of us don’t even remember when we got our first periods! But now, we have no option but to break our heads and ensure that we did not get it before twelve years of age. This is because, a recent journal study has confirmed that women who got their menstrual cycle before age 12 are 10% more likely to be at risk of a heart attack than women who got theirs at age 13 or later. While the reason is not yet confirmed, some attribute it to the increased estrogen levels that can trigger blood clots and strokes.
Diet pills: Vibrator machines, slimming powders and diet pills never help you achieve your weight loss goal. Further, they could put you in more trouble or even kill you! Any pill that has a stimulating effect can hurt your heart as they increase our blood pressure and heart rate. This leads to stress induced on your heart and taking such pills on a daily basis can cause permanent damage.
Down with a flu: Flu might sound funny, but an individual is at a six-times higher risk for heart attack the year following a flu recovery, according to an authentic study. Symptoms such as breathing difficulty while lying down or a swollen face after a cold/flu needs immediate hospitalization. Some bacterial or viral infections can move to your heart and cause heart failure/disease.
Isolation: Living by yourself without company increases the risk of heart disease by almost 30%, which is shockingly the same quantity of risk associated with smoking a cigarette! Thankfully this is one risk factor that can be taken care of much more easily compared to the other ones. Get off your social media chats and join a real community or group. You can even adopt a pet that showers you with unconditional love and moreover, taking your dog outside is an exercise too.
Turbulent pregnancy period: Taking care of your baby includes a lot of stress, hard work and extra push on your circulatory system that necessitates extra work for your heart. But it does not start here and goes back to your pregnancy period. Having gestational diabetes, preeclampsia or increased blood pressure during pregnancy increases your risk of heart disease even after decades. Know more on how to take care of yourself during pregnancy, both physically as well as mentally, by visiting the website www.firsteatright.com.
Heartbreak: The name itself indicates it all! Distress, death of a loved one, breakups, financial stress or marriage breakups can cause heartbreaks and put a person in emotional distress. Avoiding one is impossible and you only learn the tactic to deal with one rightfully-maybe by practicing yoga, meditation, tai chi or some therapy.
Drinking More than One Glass of Wine Daily: We hear interesting and contrast information on drinking wine and are perplexed about what to believe and what not to believe. While drinking one glass or not drinking wine at all is fine, anything above this one glass is sure to increase your risk of heart disease.
Attacked by an inflammatory disease: Diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis affect a greater number of women and are said to increase the risk of heart disease too!
Victims of child abuse: Child abuse is distressing and to add more to this, experiencing three or more traumatic events as a child puts you at a greater risk of heart disease as an adult. By traumatic events we mean personally being abused, witnessing others being hurt or being victims of bullying.
Treatment for ADHD: Medications used for treating ADHD include stimulants and drugs that increase heart rate and blood pressure or those that cause increased strain on your heart.
Short height: All these years we were aware that being short increases your risk of heart attack without knowing the exact reason. A new research suggests that genes that determine the height of individuals are the same ones that increase the risk of heart disease in these people. While it is a non-modifiable risk factor, such individuals can take care of plenty other modifiable risk factors to prevent a heart disease.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.