Surprising thing that increases your risk of heart attack

Age, smoking, obesity, family history, blood pressure, cholesterol and lack of exercise are all known risk factors of having a heart attack. Therefore, we all get our vitals checked at the doctors, try to eat well and occasionally go for an outdoorsy walk when the weather is nice. But there is one factor that you may not have any control over and if you experience it, you increase your risk of a heart attack by 65 percent.

That’s quite a jump when you look at it, but it’s true according to new research published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcome. But what possibly could be harming your heart so dramatically? Well, it’s traumatic life events.

Traumatic events harm the heart

In life you want to experience all the good parts. Raise a family, be well off and live to be 100. But sometimes life throws us a curve ball and we are faced with traumatic events. These traumatic events severely hurt your heart.

The new research compared studies taken from the Women’s Health Study. Information from 267 American women who experienced a heart attack was compared with 281 women who did not have a heart attack, were similar in age but who smoked.

Factors such as negative life events — becoming unemployed, family loss, serious illness etc. — and income were recorded.

In the area of financial distress, women who went through finance issues were twice as likely to have a heart attack. The loss of a loved one increased the women’s risk by 62 percent and having a household income less than $50,000 also increased the women’s risk.

But why do traumatic experiences increase the risk of a heart attack so dramatically? Well, trauma causes stress and as we know stress can cause havoc on the body as a whole.

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