KEY POINTS

  • Heart attack can occur when you're mostly unprepared
  • There are ways on how you can prevent the onset of a heart attack
  • One of these ways is to drink a healthy kind of tea

A heart occurs when there is a blockage in the coronary artery. Such blockage causes portions of your heart muscles to be denied oxygen and blood. As a result, some parts of your heart muscles may die or sustain permanent damage. Many studies have pointed out that poor lifestyle decisions and an unhealthy diet lead to the development of such blockages.

Consuming an unhealthy diet is, in fact, among the leading causes of heart attacks. Certain foods, like those high in saturated fat, functions as a catalyst that causes cardiovascular complications.

There is good news; however, as recent studies also show there are many healthy alternatives that can help protect you against heart attacks. A growing body of evidence points to a particular tea as an effective way of reducing your risk of suffering from a heart attack.

A Healthy Tea

A large-scale analysis, which was published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, compared customary tea drinkers and non-habitual drinkers over seven years. Customary tea drinkers are those that drink the beverage three or more times each week, while non-habitual drinkers are those that drink the beverage less than three times per week. tea for heart attack tea for heart attack Photo: congerdesign - Pixabay

What researchers discovered astounded them. They found that consuming green tea regularly, or at least three times weekly, reduce heart attack risk. It is linked to around 25% lower risk of stroke, coronary heart disease, incident heart disease, fatal heart disease, as well as all-cause death.

Coronary heart disease is a term used to describe what occurs when the heart’s blood supply is interrupted or blocked by an accumulation of fatty substances in the coronary arteries. This is a leading cause of heart attacks and one of the major causes of deaths in the UK and the rest of the world.

Habitual Drinkers

According to Dr. Dongfeng Gu, a senior author of the study and a professor at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, habitual tea drinkers get the most benefit. Dr. Gu said green tea’s protective effects were very much evident among consistent habitual tea drinkers.

The senior author also said mechanism studies have long suggested that tea’s main bioactive compounds, particularly polyphenols, are not stored in your body for the long-term. Because of this, you need to drink tea frequently over a long period to get the full cardioprotective benefit.

Dr. Gu also noted that consumption of green tea is more common in East Asia than anywhere else in the world. Their findings also showed that people in this part of the world also prefer green tea to black tea.