Strenuous physical exertion could certainly increase the demands of the heart muscle for oxygen -- one way in which angina attacks occur. Rises in blood pressure and heart rate, as well as the force of heart action with extreme effort or emotion, might also promote rupture of atherosclerotic plaques, considered a common cause of heart attacks. With respect to stent thrombosis, some hormones that are elevated during physical and other stresses may make blood platelets more "sticky," potentially precipitating blood clot formation in stents.
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How can physical and emotional stress affect my heart health?
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What supplements can help protect my heart?
RealAge answeredCertain nutrients and supplements can work preventive wonders for your heart, including:
- Multivitamins: Your multivitamin is chock-full of heart-healthy micronutrients, such as magnesium, calcium and vitamin D.
- Folate: This B vitamin lowers homocysteine to healthy levels. Since folate from food is only partially absorbed by your body, take a 400-mcg folic acid supplement. Make sure you're getting enough B6 and B12, too, because folate can mask a deficiency in these.
- Niacin: This drug appears to decrease the production of triglycerides in the body, which might be the mechanism that allows the body to decrease LDL levels. (Check with your doctor before taking a large dose.)
How does the heart supply itself with blood?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredThe heart gets its own supply of blood from the coronary arteries. The two main coronary arteries (right and left) and their branches supply blood throughout the heart muscle. This animation explains how these arteries transport blood.
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