Heart attack: Regularly having a bath has been proven to prevent the condition |

Heart attacks are caused by blockages in the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood to the heart. A heart attack is a medical emergency and should be treated as such. Blocked or reduced blood flow to the heart damages the heart muscle and sadly when the blood flow is not restored quickly enough, the heart muscle will slowly begin to die. Thankfully, there are things one can do to ensure their risk is significantly reduced.

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One of the biggest contributors to heart attacks is an unhealthy lifestyle.

A person’s lifestyle is not only their best defence against heart disease and stroke, it’s also a person’s responsibility.

A heart-healthy lifestyle includes many things such as good nutrition, stopping smoking, exercising and reducing stress levels.

A certain activity has been proven to reduce stress and reduce the risk of heart attacks.

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According to Science Direct regular tub bathing is linked to lower risk of death from cardiovascular health with a daily hot bath seemingly more protective than one once or twice a week, the findings indicate.

The health site said: “Having a bath is associated with good sleep quality and better self-rated health, but its not clear what is the long-term impact it might be on cardiovascular disease risk, including heart attack, sudden cardiac death and stroke.

Research drew on participants in The Japan Public Health Center with a population-based tracking study of more than 61,000 middle aged adults.

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“At the start of the study in 1990, some 43,000 participants completed a detailed questionnaire on their bathing habits and potentially influential factors: lifestyle, to include exercise, diet, alcohol intake, weight; average sleep duration and medical history and current medicine use.

“After excluding those participants who developed cardiovascular disease within five or 10 years of the start of the study, the associations found weren’t quite as strong, but nevertheless still remained statistically strong.”

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Researchers found that frequent tub bathing was significantly associated with lower risk of hypertension, suggesting that a beneficial effect of tub bathing on risk of cardiovascular disease may in part be due to a reduced risk of developing hypertension.

The study concluded a hot bath everyday could reduce the risk of having a stroke or heart attack with scientists finding that a soak in the bath reduces high blood pressure and the more often we bathe, the better it seems to be for the  health of blood vessels and the heart.

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Symptoms of a heart attack include a pressure, tightness or pain in the chest, shoulder or arms, nausea, shortness of breath or a cold sweat.

Being overweight or obese significantly increases a person’s risk for heart disease. This is mostly because they are linked to other heart disease risk factors including high blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Controlling your weight will reduce your risk of not only heart attacks but also many other diseases.