Rethinking What We Know About Heart Disease

February 28, 2019

Times change, and with them, so has some off the risk factors for heart disease. New studies have found that changing lifestyles have impacted who’s at risk for a cardiac event, and when. In one study, changing lifestyle and work patterns have moved the time you’re most at risk for a heart attack away from Monday morning. In another, ER records are showing that visits for heart attacks are on the rise among young people. One thing that hasn’t changed is that you can support your heart with the right nutrition like Omega-3s and antioxidants found in Deep Ocean Krill Oil.

When’s your “Monday Morning”? Health, age, weight, and more can contribute to your risk for heart attack, but when will it strike? Medical textbooks have held to the adage for years that Monday morning is peak heart attack time, but both of those are out. While Sunday remains a low-risk day, afternoons are now more likely to be when a cardiac event strikes. What’s changed? “Glass half full” researchers are optimistic that their ability to detect problems and pinpoint health issues has gotten better. Those with their “glass half empty” think that it’s the strain of our new 24/7 culture. We are on smartphones constantly, and they tether us to work, personal drama, and bad news stories at all times. The truth is likely somewhere in between, and mixed with other changes, like prevention and medication impacting bodies.

If you’re young, don’t assume you’re low-risk. While Baby Boomers make up a large part of the population and are starting to enter their golden years, it’s actually Millennials (those in their late twenties to early 40s) who are taking up a growing percentage of ER visits for heart troubles. And among them, young women are outpacing young men for heart troubles. The big difference seems to be pre-existing risk factors like weight, hypertension, diabetes, etc. (compared to older generations), as well as the ability to get care (poor or no insurance may mean your condition is untreated, and men as even more under/uninsured may be less likely to go to the the ER at all).

Now’s the time to do something extra for your heart. Start a simple exercise routine, even as simple as taking hourly stretch breaks (and later extending them to a short walk… and growing it into more intensive routines); eat a few more vegetables, get a good night’s sleep (which seems to help reduce the risk of cardiac events—turn those screens off to get the best benefits!); and take a supplement like Deep Ocean Krill Oil.

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