The 4 Times Every Day Your Heart Is In Danger

Alarm Clock on bedside table
There are some surprising situations and times each day when the chance of a heart attack rises dramatically. If you or someone you know has a history of heart trouble, here’s what you need to know, and do, to better protect yourself.

According to doctors, you are most at risk for heart trouble:

1. When you wake up…

The risk of heart attack increases 40% in the morning, Harvard researchers estimate.

Why? As you awaken, your body secretes adrenaline and other stress hormones, increasing blood pressure and a demand for oxygen. Your blood is also thicker and harder to pump because you’re partially dehydrated. All this taxes the heart.

What to do: Give yourself some extra time to hit the snooze button and wake up slowly. If you’re a morning exerciser, warm up thoroughly so as not to additionally stress the heart. And if you’re on a beta-blocker, take it before bed so the medication is at full strength in the morning.