Almost everyone is familiar with the well-known cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, and smoking. However, there are other lesser-known risk factors that have a significant impact. Recently, Reader’s Digest listed some of these factors. They include:
1. Gout: According to a study from the University of Nottingham, individuals who have had a gout attack are at a higher risk of experiencing a stroke or heart attack in the following 120 days.
2. Psoriasis: People with this skin condition have a 50% higher chance of developing cardiovascular diseases, as stated by a 2021 American study.
3. Giving birth to premature babies: Multiple studies have shown that women who have had premature babies, gestational diabetes, or preeclampsia are at a higher risk of future heart problems.
4. Early menopause: There is increasing evidence linking early menopause (before the age of 45) to cardiovascular diseases, including heart failure and cardiac arrhythmia.
5. Migraines (in women): A study involving 28,000 female healthcare professionals in the United States found that women who suffered from migraines had a significantly higher incidence of serious cardiovascular events.
6. Air pollution: A Chinese study published last year suggested that even short-term exposure to pollutants can trigger acute coronary syndrome.
7. Skipping breakfast: Another study conducted in the United States with 6,550 adults concluded that skipping breakfast significantly increased the risk of dying from cardiovascular diseases.
8. Sugary or artificially sweetened drinks: Prolonged consumption of these beverages increases the likelihood of dying from a cardiovascular cause.
It’s important to be aware of these lesser-known risk factors and take steps to mitigate them for better cardiovascular health.