Old adages ring true: walk it off

by Gabrielle Taylor October 21, 2016

Old adages ring true: walk it off

Do you tend to head out for a run following a particularly angering argument or workday? A recent study cautions you against doing so after a link between strenuous exercise and emotional upheaval was found to increase the risk of cardiac arrest.

Although most of us are aware that strenuous workouts and emotional upheaval individually increase a person’s risk of a heart attack, the results of the recent study published in Circulation, indicates that the risk is greatest when you combine the two.

It is well known by Cardiologists that a large number of circumstances can trigger heart attacks in people with cardiac disease. Some common high-risk situations include, sunrise (or upon awakening), job stress and spectator sports, to name a few. Similarly, extreme physical exertion and extreme emotional distress have always been well known causes of sudden cardiac arrest.

Unlike many studies in the past that have examined heart-attack triggers, the most recent had an international focus, relying on data from almost 12,500 men and women from 52 countries who had recently suffered their first heart attack.

Of course, it must be mentioned that, no event will trigger a heart attack in someone who does not have underlying heart disease. Essentially, the plaques have to exist to rupture, and while these statistics may seem alarming, one must remember that with good heart health running it off can very well still be a solution.

However, heart disease can be silent, so if you have a family history of cardiac problems or if you suffer from shortness of breath or pains in the chest during exercise, perhaps stick to the old adage and ‘walk it off’ after that next anger-fuelled argument - and make a visit to the Doctor a top priority.

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