When you feel sick, like you’re having a bad headache, or you’ve had a heart attack, you should consider wearing a mask to help prevent it.
And a new study suggests you should.
According to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the best way to protect yourself from heart attacks is to wear the face mask when you’re sick.
The study analyzed data from more than 10,000 people in the United States, Canada and Europe.
Researchers looked at whether mask use in the face was associated with a lower risk of heart attacks and stroke.
Their results showed that people who wore masks were significantly less likely to develop heart attacks, stroke and death than people who did not wear masks.
The study also showed that wearing a face mask was associated not only with a reduced risk of developing heart attacks or stroke but also with an increased risk of death.
“A mask protects against a wide range of conditions, from heart disease to diabetes to pneumonia,” said lead author Jennifer L. Haggerty, PhD, a researcher at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
“But it also protects against other conditions, such as respiratory infection, which can lead to more serious conditions, including stroke and heart attack.”
Haggerty and her colleagues analyzed data for a total of 1,023 people who were either diagnosed with any heart disease, stroke, diabetes, asthma, bronchitis or pneumonia, or who were older than 65 years old.
They then compared those people with a mask versus those who did no mask wearing.
The masks were worn at least twice a day.
The results showed there was no significant difference between the groups for the risk of stroke or death.
The risk of dying from a heart condition was also not increased by wearing a masks, but Haggerity says it was decreased.
“When you wear a face shield, it doesn’t protect against heart attacks.
But it does protect against respiratory infections and respiratory infections, and it does prevent heart attack,” she said.
“So it is important to wear one and to have a mask when your heart rate is high.”
Haggetty and co-author Jennifer R. Sperling of the University of Maryland School of Public Health conducted their study after conducting similar studies in other countries.
They found that while mask use did reduce the risk for heart attacks by about 40%, it did not prevent the other conditions that people with heart disease could develop.
“It’s a very simple, but very important, step in reducing your risk of experiencing a heart event,” Haggercy said.
Haggercy hopes the study will lead to new research to better understand why mask use is associated with fewer health conditions, especially for people with high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
“We know that people wearing masks tend to be older and to be obese, so mask use may increase the risk,” she added.