[Warning] High Pollen Triggering Heart Attacks

Dear Living Well Daily Reader,

“Achooo!”

If you haven’t already heard this sound countless times today, you certainly will in the coming weeks.

That’s because spring is about to be in full swing. And with it come runny noses, itchy eyes and, of course, endless sneezes.

But as it turns out, there’s more to worry about than running out of tissues as the pollen count climbs.

You see, Canadian researchers have recently discovered that a spike in the pollen count can trigger a serious heart attack.

And now is the perfect time to start taking precautions.

While it’s well-known that high pollen counts can lead to asthma attacks, scientists from McGill University and the University of Ottawa set out to see how this affects your heart.

For the study, researchers analyzed the medical records of nearly 18,000 heart attack patients who were admitted to the hospital during allergy season. Next, they searched for links between pollen counts and admission dates.

And what they found was astonishing…

Over the course of allergy season, which goes from March to October, heart attack risk was steadily higher.

What’s worse, when they looked at the highest pollen counts, which were in May, heart attack risk shot up 16 percent!

Just imagine what this could mean if you’re already having heart problems.

Experts believe allergies have negative effects on the heart because they kick your immune system into overdrive. The natural histamines your body produces to remove allergens increase inflammation in the body — the driver of all diseases, including heart attacks.

One natural way to lower histamines is with stinging nettle. One study shows that taking 300 mg of freeze-dried stinging nettle can be more effective than some allergy medications, due to its antihistamine properties.

You can find stinging nettle at natural health stores or through online retailers like Vitacost.com.

Live well,

Natalie Moore
Managing editor, Living Well Daily

Ed. Note: Please send your feedback: feedback@livingwelldaily.com – and click here to like us on Facebook.


Sources

[1] Are hay fever sufferers at more risk of heart attack? Hospital admissions ‘rise by 16% during high pollen season’

[2] Seasonal allergy sufferers beware of hidden heart attack threat

[3]Stinging nettle

[4] Natural Treatment of Perennial Allergic Rhinitis

Natalie Moore

Written By Natalie Moore

Natalie Moore is a dedicated health researcher with a passion for finding healthy, natural, and science-based solutions. After a decade of direct healthcare experience in western and natural medicine, she was involved in public health research before joining Living Well Daily.

View More Free Articles

Stamped envelopes.

Mailbag! 10 Tips to Conquer Spinal Arthritis

I have arthritis in my spine. What would you suggest to help manage it? –George from Cedar Rapids, IA George, Believe it or not, many people learn that they have spinal arthritis as they age. It’s very common. There’s a lot you can do to help keep it from advancing or even reverse some of...

Read This

Calm Anxiety WITHOUT Drugs (Easy!)

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, There is a plague of anxiety sweeping the nation. And who could blame us? Anyone with half a brain SHOULD feel anxious about the state of the world. But like any other epidemic, just because something is going around doesn’t mean you should accept it. More importantly, having anxiety does...

Read This

“Food Reboot” HALTS Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, If you or someone you love suffers from multiple sclerosis (MS), you already know how the disease can turn your life upside down. The stiffness and mobility problems slowly strip away your independence… and leave you in pain. Talk to your mainstream doc and he’ll just shrug their shoulders –...

Read This

[Men] Do You Have the Breast Cancer Gene?

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, If you’re a woman, chances are you have heard about the BRCA gene (BReast CAncer gene). Scientists have known for a long time that a mutation in one of two breast cancer genes, BRCA1 or BRCA2, increases the risk of getting breast cancer. But, men, listen up – just because...

Read This

Greek Plant Extract SOOTHES Joint Pain

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, Some people might shrug when you tell them you have knee pain… but that’s only if they haven’t experienced firsthand. Chronic pain from osteoarthritis is no joke— it can destroy your life. Joint pain makes moving incredibly difficult and can keep you from doing the things you love. Before you know it,...

Read This

Deadly Disease 8 TIMES More Likely for Crohn’s Patients

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, Inflammation is supposed to be a normal response for your body. It’s one of the key defenses protecting you. Inflammation can sometimes be our friend… when it helps fight off infections and clears away debris, that is. The problems start when inflammation blazes out of control or lasts longer than...

Read This

Stamped envelopes.

Mailbag! 5 Ways to Soothe Your Psoriasis

I have psoriasis, and I was wondering what supplements or natural treatments there are out there. –Bill from Riverside, CA Bill, As you probably know, psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease where the body attacks the skin as if it were a foreign invader. Psoriasis affects about two percent of the U.S. population. Normal, healthy...

Read This

Coffee Compound LOWERS Cholesterol

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, I’m on a personal mission to rescue coffee from the hands of the nutritional puritans who think that anything fun is not good for you. Despite what the mainstream would have you believe, the news on coffee has improved in recent years. Researchers have pinpointed many powerful plant nutrients, like...

Read This

“Citric Element” Whips Your Brain into Shape!

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, Some suggest pretty complicated ways to keep your brain healthy as you age. Going back to college… doing complicated puzzles… taking what feels like 30 bottles of pills a day… It can make you feel like giving up before you’ve even started! But what if there was something MUCH easier...

Read This

100-Year-Old Trick STOPS Arthritis Pain

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, If you’re tired constantly refilling pain prescriptions, you’re not alone. And if you’re even MORE tired of the side effects that come with them, who could blame you? For far too long, Big Pharma has held arthritis patients hostage… promising relief while they rob you blind. It’s time for something...

Read This