Spring has sprung and for countless folks so have their miserable seasonal allergies. And if you’re one of them, while everyone is celebrating the season change you’re wishing you could just take a nap until summer is in full swing.
Because, let’s face it, it’s hard to enjoy the sprouting grass and blooming flowers when your nose is running a mile an hour and your eyes are itching like you just got stuck in a sandstorm.
But it turns out as bad as they feel, your run-of-the-mill allergy symptoms could be the least of your worries. Because according to researchers when the pollen count climbs so does your risk of having a heart attack.
A high pollen count can send heart attack risk rising
When scientists bumped up the data on over 18,000 hospital admissions for heart attack against pollen counts over seven years, a frightening pattern emerged.
During tree pollen season… from spring through fall… heart attacks rose by an average of 5 percent, according to the study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. But that already worrisome 5 percent shot up to as high as 16 percent when the pollen counts soared to their highest points.
If you already have a heart issue that increased heart attack risk could rocket through the roof. And although that might seem surprising at first, there’s actually a very good reason why.
You see when you’re having an allergic reaction to what your body has decided is a foreign invader… be that ragweed or tree pollen… your immune system goes into full on defense mode.
It’s one goal is to get rid of the irritant and it does everything it can to make that happen from turning on the waterworks to kicking off coughing fits. That alone can put a lot of strain on your heart. But the histamines your body starts kicking out in reaction to the irritant are linked to heart disease.
So you’re probably wondering where this leaves you.
Be aware of heart attack warning signs
Well, as a seasonal allergy sufferer that means you need to be especially mindful of any heart attack warning signs during allergy season.
Following are seven of the most common heart attack warning signs…
|7 common signs of a heart attack|
|1. Pressure, tightness, pain or aching/squeezing feeling in your chest or arms|
|3. Indigestion, heartburn or abdominal pain|
|4. Feeling short of breath|
|5. Breaking out in a cold sweat|
|6. Unexplained fatigue|
|7. Sudden dizziness or lightheadedness|
But keep in mind not everyone experiences the same symptoms when having a heart attack so when in doubt it’s always best to head to the emergency room.
Click here to learn 7 “unusual” heart attack symptoms that are often missed, even by the experts. (Knowing these could save your life, of the life of someone else you love.)
In addition you should try to do what you can to keep your allergies under control naturally.
3 natural herbs to relieve your allergy symptoms
The following three herbal supplements have helped countless folks keep their allergy symptoms from getting out of control without having to take drugs.
Your liver is the main organ responsible for filtering out toxins in your body. Allergies can often be the result of an overloaded and ineffective liver. The herb milk thistle can help boost your liver function so your body can purge the toxins that could be triggering your allergies.
The herb goldenseal can help give your immune system a much needed boost during allergy season.
Butterbur is a large-leafed plant native to Europe as and some parts of Africa and Asia. This potent herb has gone toe-to-toe with allergy drugs Allegra and Zyrtec in studies and been found to be as effective as the meds. Butterbur helps block the action of histamines and other inflammatory chemicals that occur when you’re having an allergic reaction.
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