Many people know that they are at risk for a heart attack if they smoke. No signs are needed when a person is carrying an extra 30 lbs, sits at a desk and on the couch and eats fast food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But, what if your predisposition toward a heart attack could be determined earlier on? There are some surprising signs that you could be at greater risk for a heart attack, and for men, it might be one of the things that you’re most sensitive about.
Receding hairline, or balding
As if a guy needed to feel more self conscious about balding, it appears that a Danish study has found that balding, and the way a man does it, can determine if they are at an increased risk for heart attack. However, the risk isn’t just for men. In study participants who were 40 and older, the risk increases for both men and women that were balding at the top or back of the head, or dealing with receding hairlines at the temples.
That’s not the only evidence that people might have an increased risk for heart attack. Yellowish fatty deposits on the eyelids and earlobe creases were also warning signs.
Exposure to secondhand smoke
A new study has found that those who were exposed to large amounts of secondhand smoke were as much as 90 percent more likely to develop heart disease and suffer a heart attack. This study is the first of it’s kind to show a definite link between secondhand smoke exposure and heart disease.
Migraines and unhealthy gums
Your dentist might have told you, but in case you haven’t been to see him in a while, bad gums, or gum disease can actually be a contributing factor in heart disease and increase the risk for heart attack in many patients. The best way to reduce the risk of heart attack from bad gums is to take care of them: brush regularly, floss daily and see your dentist every six months.
When it comes to headaches, anyone that suffers from migraines knows how hard they can be to take, but research shows that men who suffer from migraines are as much as 42 percent more likely to have a heart attack than men that do not suffer headaches.
Being a Bachelor
Many might not know it, and it’s not clear why, but studies show that single men are much more likely to have a heart attack and die from it than their committed counterparts. This alone isn’t enough reason to go out and get married, but maybe it will be enough to make many consider finding a mate.
Yes, it’s those two nasty letters, but they are here and shouldn’t be ignored. It’s Erectile Dysfunction, and if you’ve had it or have it, you know what it’s all about. It turns out that this condition can also be a warning sign that you’re at an increased risk for a heart attack, so it’s a good idea to see your doctor about it.
Not everyone can experience a perfectly healthy life, but by being aware of some of the potential warning signs that you could be at an increased risk for heart attack, you can begin to chip away at them to be healthier and happier for years to come.