Can A Heart Attack Be Predicted?

Heart attacks are the sole reason for the innumerable deaths that take place every second of the day in a year. Recent statistics have shown that there are around 300 people who die of a heart attack in every 5 minutes in a day, and the reason being an improper diet and following a list of certain nasty bad habits.

Did you know that this number can be decreased if you take proper care of your health?

Well, it is also believed that one can predict a heart attack well in advance and this predication is done by testing the strands of hair on your head. Are you shocked? Well, recent studies claim that your hair health can actually predict a heart attack well in advance, giving you enough time to rush to the hospital to get yourself treated before you lose your life.

To predict a heart attack, the testing of a sample of your hair strand can be done on a yearly basis. This test is done to determine the stress hormone cortisol, which is the sole cause for heart attacks.

heart attack predication

What is a heart attack?
A heart attack, or in medical terms a cardial infarction, occurs when the heart muscles are suddenly deprived of oxygen-rich blood. Heart attacks are often accompanied with chest pain, excessive sweating, shortness of breath, discomfort in the arms, back, shoulders or the jaw. One can also experience light-headedness or dizziness, cold sweat, nausea and fatigue.

heart attack predication

How to predict a heart attack with hair?
The hormone cortisol is usually secreted during times of high stress. The hormone is found and can be measured in the blood, urine, and in the hair. According to scientists, the hair on our head grows slowly, which is on an average one centimeter per month for a normal human being.

heart attack predication

Therefore, for a six-centimetre-long hair, a sample of it can actually show the amount of cortisol levels over a six month time period. If the hormone is richly present in the hair, this is a clear indication that the person is at a risk of a heart attack.

heart attack predication

However, though this is a promising test, there is no clear sign that this is an assurance of predicting a heart attack at the earliest. On the other hand, it is stated that if the hormone level is very high, one can find ways to de-stress, so that you can keep other health issues at bay, apart from a heart attack.

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Story first published: Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 8:30 [IST]
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