Did you have a SECRET heart attack?
You’d think that having a heart attack might be the kind of thing your doc would let you know about.
You’d think that… but you’d be wrong!
There’s a hidden form of heart attack that doctors can see on a scan.
They KNOW you’ve had it… but they consider this one to be so minor that they might not even MENTION it to you.
What’s a little heart attack between friends?
Now, new research shows how this “secret” heart attack isn’t nearly as minor as most doctors have assumed.
And if you’ve had one yourself, you could be facing a higher risk of a much bigger heart attack – and even death — over the coming year.
The condition is called myocardial infarction with non-obstructive coronary arteries, and since that’s a mouthful, we can also call it MINOCA.
It’s so common that roughly 6 percent of the people studied had one over a 12-year period. But because it’s “non-obstructive” – meaning the arteries don’t get plugged up – docs have always believed that it’s not that big a deal.
The study finds that 60 percent of patients who suffer from MINOCA aren’t given any type of treatment or advice.
Don’t worry about it, they’ll tell you… and that’s if they say anything at all!
Maybe it’s time to worry at least enough to make a couple of changes to bring that risk down, since the study finds that it’s not the big nothing doctors have assumed.
Over the course of a year, 1 in 20 MINOCA patients will either have another heart attack or die of a heart attack.
That’s not quite as big as the risk after a “real” heart attack, which is closer to 1 in 10.
But it’s still a big risk, and it lingers well beyond that first year.
By the five-year mark, 11 percent of MINOCA patients either have another heart attack or die, compared to 16 percent of patients who’ve had the kind of heart attack that comes with a blockage.
And while “normal” heart attacks often affect men more than women, MINOCA is an equal opportunity offender, striking men and women alike in similar numbers.
So, what can you do about it?
The new study identifies several risk factors, including small amounts of coronary plaque that might not be visible on normal heart scans. You can knock those out with natural therapies such as vitamin K2, fish oil, and even garlic.
Another risk factor is inflammation, and it’s fish oil to the rescue once again. It’s one of the most potent natural anti-inflammatories out there (and not coincidentally, it’s great for the heart).
Finally, you know the drill by now. When it comes to protecting your heart, preventing plaque, and cutting the risk of an attack, there’s nothing better out there than the Mediterranean lifestyle.
Give it a shot.