Peak allergy season brings more heart attacks

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, when the pollen is at its highest life can be very grim.

And according to research, allergy season is also more likely to bring on more heart attacks.

A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology matched more than 18,000 heart attack hospital admissions against daily pollen counts over a seven-year period.

Throughout the May-to-October pollen season, the rate of heart attacks rose by an average of five per cent. That might not seem like much, until you consider that heart attacks were up by as much as 16 per cent when the pollen count was highest.

And if you have a pre-existing heart condition, the study says, your chances skyrocket from there.

I can’t say I’m entirely surprised.

“Allergies” are essentially your body’s immune response to what it perceives as a foreign invader. When little bits of flower or tree pollen, grass, or ragweed enter your breathing passageways, your body does everything it can to expel the little trespasser.

So, you start hacking and wheezing before you can even say “gesundheit.” And that can put a lot of strain on your heart.

And the histamines that your body produces when you’re suffering from allergies have been linked to all sorts of heart disease.

Especially during allergy season, you should be on the lookout for early signs of a heart attack, like pain in your chest, arms or back, shortness of breath or nausea.

And you should try natural therapies to help keep your allergies in check.

Milk thistle and goldenseal are two widely available supplements that can work wonders on seasonal allergies.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing

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