Wednesday May 18 2022
A heart attack, known as a myocardial infarction, is an emergency that requires imminent treatment. Even if a person survives a heart attack, the lack of blood in the heart can seriously damage the heart muscle.
Several factors can affect a person’s risk of a heart attack. In addition to lifestyle factors, having other conditions such as diabetes can also affect a person’s risk of having a heart attack. And researchers from the American Heart Association (AHA) recently said that a person’s blood type can also have an effect, according to what Russia Today reported.
Scientists from the AHA say that having a blood type other than O increases a person’s risk of a heart attack, namely: A, B and AB.
Research has shown that those with these three blood types have an eight percent increased risk of a heart attack and a 10 percent increased risk of heart failure.
Furthermore, people with blood type A or B were 50 percent more likely to develop deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, two conditions linked to an increased risk of heart failure.
In addition to blood type, mental health can also play a role in a person’s likelihood of developing heart disease.
This is according to a study also conducted by the American Heart Association.
“Previous research has shown that major depressive disorders and anxiety related to prolonged intense stress have been associated with an increased incidence of cardiovascular disease. The risk of cardiovascular disease increases in proportion to the severity of depression,” said lead author Oslem Kirichibasi.
In order to establish this theory, the researchers used mouse models to study the effect of chronic stress and depression.
“The main finding is that repetitive stress and the physiological and behavioral effects of antagonistic reactions appear to prevent the full beneficial changes to plaques that should be induced by lipid-lowering drugs,” Kirkbase added.
What this means is that the AHA study suggests that poor mental health can counteract the effect of cholesterol-lowering drugs like statins.
However, since the research has only been done in mice, more research in humans is needed in order to establish this relationship.
However, it highlights the impact of mental health on physical health.