10 Surprising Heart Attack Triggers

10 Surprising Heart Attack Triggers

1. Asthma that requires daily medication

Persistent asthma, which is asthma severe enough to require daily controller medications, is associated with a 60 percent higher risk of a heart attack, stroke or death from cardiovascular disease, according to new research published in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.

“Both asthma and cardiovascular disease are caused by high levels of inflammation,” explains lead researcher Matthew Tattersall, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

In addition, because chest tightness is often a symptom of asthma, asthmatics could miss the signs of a heart attack, delaying treatment. To reduce the long-term cardiovascular risk, Tattersall believes close monitoring is essential. “If you have persistent asthma, you may need stronger and more aggressive preventative care,” he says.

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