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7 Unusual Things That May Raise the Risk of Heart Attack - Part 2

November 2, 2012

In our previous post, we discussed several weird things that have been linked with heart attack, including neighborhood, antibiotics, and infection. Today, we will reveal four more unusual factors.

4) Psoriasis

traffic increases heart attackSevere psoriasis is a skin problem that needs medical attention. Since it is an autoimmune disorder, it can lead to chronic inflammation, which can in turn trigger a heart attack. Also, people who suffer from psoriasis are usually smokers, overweight, and hypertensive, which make them even more susceptible to heart attack.

5) Relationship Issues

If you are having a negative relationship with your spouse, there is a higher chance that you will have a heart attack. A study conducted by epidemiologists at the University College in London revealed that relationship issues can increase the risk of heart attack by as much as 34%.

6) Kidney Problems

In a study involving elderly patients in Rotterdam, Netherlands, it was discovered that those who had weak kidneys, even without kidney disease, had a significantly higher chance of experiencing a heart attack. Another study involving 10,000 men showed that people with chronic kidney disease were twice as likely to get a heart attack as those who did not have the disease.

7) Urban Living

According to a study conducted by German researchers, exposure to heavy traffic may double your risk of having a heart attack, regardless whether you are traveling by car, public transit, or bike. In an earlier study, it was found that risk of death from cardiopulmonary problems was almost twice as high among people who lived near a major road.

It is important that we learn about all the things that can be detrimental to our heart health, so that we can make a conscious effort to protect ourselves against heart disease. If you want to know how to prevent heart disease, you can get advice from our cardiologists.

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