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Good Morning. You’re About to Have a Heart Attack

Waking up might be the most dangerous thing you do in a day.

BY Rick Bursky
Sep.18,2019 / UPDATED ON MAY.11,2021

You woke, got out of bed, brushed your teeth, and poured some coffee. Enjoy it. You’re about to die. We don’t want to make you nervous but the most common time to have a heart attack or stroke is in the morning between about 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. 

Don’t shoot the messenger. We’re just passing along some facts. 

We’re going to try to avoid the specifics of the why (no one here went to medical school). But the reasons why mornings are the heart attack danger zone has something to do with the facts that your body was resting all night and all the important stay-alive-stuff are just coming up to full speed in the morning, a surge of stress hormones, your blood is thicker, and other really technical stuff is going on in your body. Of course, if you’re like us you might be wondering if you could cheat death staying up late and sleeping through the morning. Hmm, just saying …

More news you’re dying to hear, pun intended. Research has also shown that there are more heart attacks in the winter. That makes winter mornings especially dangerous. If you’re one of the millions of people at risk of a heart attack you might consider seeing a cardiologist in the autumn, you should be prepared.

If you’re reading this in the afternoon, congratulations, you made it through another day. We hope one day research will prove that reading articles on Fine, Medium, and Broad will both extend your life by ten percent but also make you seventeen percent happier. Until then, you can always try reading a book; studies show that reading makes you both a smarty-pants and a happy-pants.

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