Let’s talk heart attacks for a minute…just a minute

The WebMD list has 16 triggers, as if the AARP list isn’t worrisome enough, that starts with lack of sleep and moves on to migraines (also on the AARP list), cold weather, air pollution and strong emotions!

Regular readers of my blog know I began this after having angioplasty to open an 80% blocked artery very close to my heart. Doctors told me I did not have a heart attack but had come very, very close on the day when I felt the pressure on my chest and it seemed like air had stopped reaching my lungs.

A graphic view of angioplasty
A graphic view of angioplasty

So while this blog is about eating no salt, no sugar, no fat recipes and no salt, no sugar, no fat restaurant meals, if you can find them, I continue to watch news about heart disease. Recently two different e-mails came to me listing heart attack triggers, one from AARP and the other from WebMD.

The bad news? If you read them over, you’ll see almost anything you do can cause a heart attack. Maybe that explains why I was afraid to get out of bed after my 2012 surgery and still have days when I think that would be the best place to stay.

The AARP list has 11 “surprising” triggers including asthma, heartburn drugs, not getting a flu shot and even daylight savings time!

The WebMD list has 16 triggers, as if the AARP list isn’t worrisome enough, that starts with lack of sleep and moves on to migraines (also on the AARP list), cold weather, air pollution and strong emotions!

I think I’ll go back to bed now. Lists like this are why I never try to write about health topics, only food.

 

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