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6 Unexpected Heart Attack Triggers

Prevention Logo By Leah Zerbe of Prevention | Slide 1 of 6: <p><a href="http://www.rodalewellness.com/living-well/is-nonstick-safe">Nonstick and stain-repelling chemicals</a> are convenient, but in terms of health, they might not be worth it. Previously linked to infertility, high cholesterol, and ADHD, a September 2012 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine also shows a connection between perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) chemicals and heart disease. Regardless of age, body mass, or the presence of diabetes or other diseases, researchers found that people with the highest PFOA levels in their blood were twice as likely to have cardiovascular disease compared with people with the lowest levels.</p><p><strong>Avoid it:</strong> If you use nonstick pots, pans, and bakeware, replace them with uncoated stainless steel, made-in-America cast iron, or glass the minute you start seeing chips in the finish. More PFOA avoidance tactics? Stay away from fabrics, furniture, and <a href="http://www.rodalewellness.com/health/13-hidden-sources-of-indoor-air-pollution">carpeting advertised as "stain repellent,"</a> and eat fast food less—many fast-food containers contain PFOA-containing grease barriers.</p><p><strong>More: <a href="http://www.rodalewellness.com/health/7-toxic-ingredients-you-should-ban-from-your-home">7 Toxic Ingredients You Should Ban From Your Home</a></strong></p>

Nonstick chemicals

Nonstick and stain-repelling chemicals are convenient, but in terms of health, they might not be worth it. Previously linked to infertility, high cholesterol, and ADHD, a September 2012 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine also shows a connection between perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) chemicals and heart disease. Regardless of age, body mass, or the presence of diabetes or other diseases, researchers found that people with the highest PFOA levels in their blood were twice as likely to have cardiovascular disease compared with people with the lowest levels.

Avoid it: If you use nonstick pots, pans, and bakeware, replace them with uncoated stainless steel, made-in-America cast iron, or glass the minute you start seeing chips in the finish. More PFOA avoidance tactics? Stay away from fabrics, furniture, and carpeting advertised as "stain repellent," and eat fast food less—many fast-food containers contain PFOA-containing grease barriers.

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