We all know what causes a heart attack. When your arteries get narrowed, it restricts blood flow to the heart. Lack of blood flow damages the muscles, disrupts its pumping activity, retards blood circulation to the entire body and that’s when you are up for a massive cardiac arrest, which could be life-threatening. While cholesterol, obesity, LDL, HDL levels, diabetes and all the fancy terms can be held responsible for a heart attack, here are some unusual causes that can trigger the same.
Anger: A study conducted by researchers in University of Sidney showed that people who got angry over an argument or disagreement were at an increased risk of getting a heart attack within two hours of the incident. However, we are not telling you to calm down yet. Anger-induced heart attacks are rare and are more seen in people who have one or more risk factors such as diabetes, smoking etc.
Anxiety: Anxiety is a close competitor of anger. In the same study, researchers found that people suffering from acute anxiety increased their chances of a heart attack by 9.5 times following the incident that triggered anxiety. This is because anxiety is most likely to increase heart rate, blood pressure, tightening of blood vessels and increase chances of clotting, all associated with triggering a heart attack.
Irregular physical activity: A 2011 study of the US emergency rooms department conducted by Centre for Injury Research and Policy, found that people who shoveled snow during the winter and led sedentary lifestyle otherwise faced cardiac-related troubles. This shows that it is better to slow down the pace of any physical activity as you age. A sudden burst in the pumping mechanism of the heart if you decide to say run the treadmill on an incline of 9 without warm-up or any practice could be harmful.
Having sex: Sexual satisfaction is important for both physical and mental rejuvenation. However, if you are nearing 50 or are in your 60s, it is advisable to go slow. Your heart’s pumping rate increases as you near an orgasm, which could be dangerous for people who are at risk of cardiac diseases. However, sex-induced heart attacks are very rare. In fact, they account for just one percent of all the heart attacks. So don’t stop sizzling under the sheets, ever.
Substance abuse: Despite the fact that red wine is thought to be good for heart, American Heart Association says moderation is the key. This is because too much of wine can increase blood pressure and triglyceride levels make you eat more fatty foods, setting you up for a heart attack.
Overeating: A study done by US department of Veteran Affairs in 2000 found that people who are at risk for heart diseases were four times as likely to get a heart attack, as compared to people who had heavy meals without any risk factors.