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Avoid a heart attack: Protect your heart from climate change, anti-bacterial soap and non-stick pans

by , 04 September 2013

One in three men and one in four women will have a heart condition before the age of 60. And that includes suffering from a heart attack. Now, new research shows some surprising heart attack triggers that could be behind this. Here's what you need to know to protect your heart…

There’s no denying eating greasy bacon pizza often coupled with a couch potato lifestyle is a sure fire recipe for a heart attack. But could there be other factors putting your heart at risk that you don’t know about?
Rodale.com believes there are…
Three unusual heart attack triggers and how to protect yourself from them
Heart attack trigger #1: Climate change

As the earth gets hotter, more and more particles of polluted air, known as PM2.5, form. These particles lodge deep in your lungs and eventually land up in your blood stream. These can block your arteries. And we all know where that ends: In a heart attack.  
What to do about it: Take fish oils. They lower the effect toxic pollution has on your body.
Heart attack trigger #2: Non-stick cookware like pans
Studies have revealed a connection between perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) chemicals found in non-stick cookware and heart disease. Sounds insignificant? It’s not. The study also showed that people who use non-stick cookware regularly are twice as likely to have cardiovascular disease as people who don’t.
What to do about it: Swop your non-stick pans for stainless steel or cast iron suggests ewg.org and eat fast food less
Heart attack trigger #3: Anti-bacterial soap

New research suggests triclosan, an ingredient in anti-bacterial soap, can damage heart and muscle tissue. And the weaker your heart muscle is, the more likely you are to have a heart attack.
What to do about it: Check the label of your favourite brand of soap to make sure triclosan isn’t on the ingredients list.
If you’re taking aspirin to reduce your heart attack risk, consider this…
If, like many people who are scared of having a heart attack, you take an aspirin a day to protect yourself, consider this says Dr Jonathan Wright of Nutrition & Healing.
Not only does fish oil reduce heart attack risk, it contains a variety of benefits aspirin doesn’t have. These include its ability to:
  • Reduce your risk of sudden cardiac death,
  • Reduce abnormally high triglycerides,
  • Increase your HDL (“good”) cholesterol
  • And decrease abnormally high levels of fibrinogen (another independent cardiovascular risk factor).
Bottom line: Protecting your heart is about a lot more than eating right and staying fit. By avoiding unusual triggers and taking the right supplements, you can protect yourself from suffering a fatal heart attack.

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