Thomas Ramey Watson

6 Surprising Heart Attack Triggers

Clogged arteries may be the root cause of heart attacks, but there’s usually something else that triggers them.

Here’ s how to protect your


By Emily Main,

Heart attacks often come without warning, and although it’s well documented that they’re caused by atherosclerosis (plaque buildup on arterial walls), there are certain triggers that can set off a heart attack in people who

are at risk.

This week, Belgian researchers published a study in The Lancet rank

ing various heart attack triggers according to their prevalence in people who are already at risk for cardiac problems.

Here’s a list of some of their more surprising findings, and some ways to protect yourself from heart attack triggers:

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