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Mornings: The most crucial time of the day to prevent a heart attack

by , 09 September 2013

If you think the most dangerous thing that can happen to you in the morning is getting in your car and going to work, think again. A new study reveals that morning is the prime time for heart attacks. But here's the thing - your morning ritual could also help you cut your heart attack risk by as much as 27%...

If you love getting up in the morning because you can’t wait to start the day, we hate to tell you this: You have a higher risk a heart attack in the morning than any other time of the day.

The reason?

According to webMD, morning heart attacks (between 6am and 10am) are more prevalent because it’s when the stress hormone cortisol is at its peak.

This spike is bad for your heart! After all, cortisol is high, the built up plaque in your arteries is more likely to rupture and block the flow of blood to your heart.

Luckily, you can use this information to your advantage by turning your morning routine into the best time to protect your heart.

Do these three things EVERY morning to cut your heart attack risk

#1: Don’t skip breakfast: “Men who regularly skip breakfast are at a 27% higher risk of heart attack or death from coronary heart disease than those who don’t,” reports dnaindia.com

The reason?

When you skip breakfast you “tend to make up for lost calories later in the day with disgusting, fat-laden meals that trigger inflammation and clog up arteries with cholesterol gunk,” explains Nutrition & Healing’s natural health specialist, Dr Jonathan Wright.

#2: Take your heart medication: Scientists believe there’s a link between sudden morning heart attacks and your circadian rhythm, the 24-hour body clock that regulates your sleep cycles, reports MSN.

That’s because a protein known as KLF15, “plays a role in the regulation of the heart's electrical activity. Levels of this protein change throughout the day like clockwork to allow substances to enter and leave cells in the heart in order to maintain a normal heartbeat.” Since your KLF15 levels drop during the night, taking slow-release blood pressure medications in the morning makes a lot of sense.

#3: Have a cup of coffee: Recently, Circulation published a study that found drinking two cups of coffee a day lowers your risk of developing a heart attack by 11%, reports ahealthiermichigan.org.

So there you have it – use your heart’s danger time to cut your heart attack risk by more than 25%.

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