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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It’s not wrong to feel like your heart is literally breaking. According to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Science Sessions in 2010, changes in normal heart patterns immediately following the death of a loved one could lead to heart abnormalities and an increased risk of heart attack.
Protect your ticker: The study also showed that time does heal all wounds; participants' heart rate and other indicators of heart health returned to normal after a period of six months, which just underscores the importance of taking care of yourself during times of extreme stress and grief.