Here are 20 surprises I’ve picked up along the way while researching other surprising things about women’s heart disease:
1. The most common day of the week for a heart attack to occur is Monday.
2. Saturday ranks second.
3. Most heart attacks hit during the early morning hours between 4-10 a.m. when blood platelets are stickier and increased adrenaline released from the adrenal glands can trigger rupture of plaques in coronary arteries. Heart attacks occurring between 6 a.m. and noon were associated with the most damage, in a study reported in the cardiology journal Heart.
4. Heart attacks are 27% more likely to occur around your birthday, especially in women with high blood pressure (Yikes! I had my first heart attack symptoms at 6:30 a.m. on a Monday morning while out delivering thank you cards to friends who had attended my Saturday evening birthday party!) click here to continue reading