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DRINK WATER FIRST THING IN THE MORNING – Most heart attacks occur in the morning. In fact, most heart attacks occur on Monday morning. Part of it has to do with stress, which is where Monday comes in. But there’s more to the morning heart attack than a dread of job. There are physiological factors at play.
Chief among them is the role dehydration plays in blood clots, stroke, and heart attacks. Most of us don’t drink water during the night because a) we’re sleeping, for crissake, and b) we don’t want to drink much water because we don’t want to have to stagger to the bathroom all night. This lack of water turns our blood viscous, like molasses on a cold winter morning, and the heart has to work extra hard to pump that sludge through our veins. To make things worse, the first thing most men reach for in the morning is coffee or orange juice, and that only increases dehydration and the risk of morning infarction.
Caffeine is, of course, a mild diuretic, while orange juice (as well as other juices or soft drinks) is osmotic and causes fluid to move from the vascular system into the intestines. Either one can leave the heart high and dry.
To help protect yourself against “morning heart attack,” cardiologist Joel K. Kahn recommends keeping a glass of water at your bedside and drinking it before you get out of bed. The water increases the liquid volume of the blood, thus reducing the risk of blood clots and heart attack. At the very least, drink water with your morning coffee or orange juice. Don’t let sludge happen. –
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