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7 Unusual Things That May Raise the Risk of Heart Attack - Part 1

October 31, 2012

When asked to name the causes of heart attack, most people will tell you that unhealthy eating habits and sedentary lifestyle are the main culprits. While diet and lifestyle do play a major role in the development of heart problems, there are other lesser known factors that can jeopardize your heart health.

Here are some of the weird things that may increase the risk of heart attack:

1) Neighborhood

heart attacks and neighborhoodsIn a 2001 study, researchers discovered that people who lived in lower-income neighborhoods could be up to three times more susceptible to heart disease compared to those with similar incomes, jobs, and education in wealthier neighborhoods. The results of the study were based on a 9-year observation of the development of heart attacks in people aged 45 to 64 in four different states. The main reason why people in poorer neighborhoods are at a higher risk of heart attack is because they are exposed to a more toxic environment.

2) Antibiotics

A study that was conducted in 2012 linked the widely used antibiotic azithromycin, or Z-Paks, to an increased risk of death from heart attack, especially in people who are suffering from heart disease. If you have heart trouble and you are taking this antibiotic, it is best that you talk to your physician about taking alternative antibiotics.

3) Infection

If you have the flu or another form of respiratory tract infection, you are five times more likely to experience a heart attack during the first three days following diagnosis of the infection. Infections can lead to an inflammatory response, which can in turn result in a heart attack or stroke. Taking a flu vaccine can help you prevent infection-induced heart stress.

In our next post, we will talk about other unusual things that can make you more vulnerable to heart attack.

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