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You’ll never guess what else gout can do to you

It’s one of those things you NEVER forget.

One minute, you’re laughing and joking with your buddies. The next, you’re clutching your chest — because it feels like wild mustangs are thundering through.

The good news is that it’s not a heart attack (but if you’re not sure, call 911 ASAP; better safe than sorry).

The bad news is that you’ve just got your ticket punched, giving you lifetime entry into the world of atrial fibrillation.

Unlike a heart attack, a-fib usually won’t kill you on the spot. But living with it’s no picnic, either, since it means you’re facing a higher risk of a stroke, which CAN kill you on the spot.

And no matter how many times it happens, you never quite get used to those scary moments when the mustangs come racing through.

Nearly 1 in 10 seniors now has atrial fibrillation, but there’s a simple step you can take today to slash your risk of being one of them: Don’t get gout — and if you have it, get it under control pronto.

Turns out there’s a direct link between the two, and if you’ve got gout right now your risk of atrial fibrillation shoots up by 45 percent, according to the study in the journal Rheumatology.

The foot and the heart might not seem to share a link, but they do — because the same blood flows through both. And if that blood is hauling uric acid, it’s going to do damage in both places.

In the foot, uric acid can crystalize around the big toe, leading to the misery of gout pain.

In the heart, uric acid has been linked to both heart disease and heart failure… so if you end up with atrial fibrillation, you might actually be getting off easy.

But if you watch what you eat, you won’t have to worry about any of that. You’ll have a pain-free foot and a heartbeat steady enough to impress a Swiss watchmaker.

If you already have gout, don’t turn to meds. Cherries will do the trick — and you can read more about this all-natural gout-buster for free right here.

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