Age, weight, and a family history are all known risk factors for a heart attack, but there are other, less obvious situations that can put even healthy, fit women in cardiac jeopardy. To help you become more aware of risk factors and when you should seek medical attention, we scoured research and found five surprising times your heart may be in danger.
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...And It's Monday Morning
Research has consistently shown that Monday is the day of the week in which heart attacks are mostly likely to occur. The reason is the usual morning heart stress combined with anxiety—and depending on your job—depression about starting your workweek (depression and anxiety can both cause increased heart rate and variability).
Protect your ticker: End your weekend with yoga followed by a funny movie—research also shows that laughter can reduce heart-unhealthy stress hormones.