Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S.
But when it comes to treatment, doctors tend to always go the pill route…
They dole out drugs like candy, even though they’re riddled with side effects.
Now, research found exposure to intense, summer heat could completely mitigate the effects of TWO medications commonly prescribed to reduce heart attack risk.
Here’s everything you need to know…
Be wary of the weather (and those drugs)
According to a new study, those taking beta blockers and aspirin (or other anti-platelet medications) are at a heightened risk of a non-fatal heart attack during the summer months.
Researchers pulled data from nearly 2,500 non-fatal heart attack cases that occurred between May and September in Augsburg, Germany. Then, they analyzed medication use prior to the event.
Ultimately, they linked two common drugs to a heightened heart attack risk.
- Beta blockers skyrocketed risk by 65 percent
- Anti-platelet medication increased risk by 63 percent
- Taking both drugs raised risk by a whopping 75 percent
It’s important to note that this was an observational study, so it cannot prove causation. Plus, the users’ underlying condition (heart disease) could be a factor.
However, the same effects were observed in younger patients (ages 25 to 59 years) with lower rates of heart disease. So, chew on that for a moment.
(I must also disclose that researchers also linked my least favorite drug of all, statins, to a threefold risk of heart attack on hot-weather days among younger and older patients.)
Natural heart support
I often report that an aspirin a day won’t keep the cardiologist away. Clearly, that goes for other commonly prescribed heart drugs, from beta blockers to statins.
What can you do instead? Find a natural approach.
There are many safe nutritional supplements to help keep your blood cells “slippery” and flowing through your veins and arteries with ease.
My top three picks include:
- French maritime pine tree bark extract—50 to 100 mg per day
- Vitamin E—400 to 1,200 IU per day
- Nattokinase—1,000 to 3,000 fibrin units per day (this is equivalent to roughly 150 mg)
In addition, always remember that your best bet for warding off heart attacks will always be good, old-fashioned diet and exercise. (Just ‘exercise’ some caution when it comes to the weather. Perhaps you take your workout inside during extreme-temperature days.)
Until next week,
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“Two heart medications tied to greater heart attack risk during very hot weather.” MedicalXpress, 08/01/2022. (medicalxpress.com/news/2022-08-heart-medications-tied-greater-hot.html)