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5 Lifestyle Changes for Heart Attack Prevention

5 Lifestyle Changes for Heart Attack Prevention


5 Lifestyle Changes for Heart Attack Prevention. After a heart attack, it’s important to manage risk factors (such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes) by taking medication, quitting smoking, eating healthy food and getting active.

  • Stop smoking: If you smoke, quit. If someone in your household smokes, encourage them to quit. Though it’s tough. But it’s tougher to recover from a heart attack or stroke or to live with chronic heart disease. Commit to quit.
  • Choose good nutrition: A healthy diet is one of the best weapons you have to fight cardiovascular disease. The food you eat (and the amount) can affect other controllable risk factors: cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes and overweight. Choose nutrient-rich foods — which have vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients but are lower in calories
  • High blood cholesterol: Fat lodged in your arteries is a disaster waiting to happen. Sooner or later it could trigger a heart attack or stroke. You’ve got to reduce your intake of saturated fat, Trans fat and cholesterol and get moving.
  • Lower high blood pressure: It’s a major risk factor for stroke a leading cause of disability. An optimal blood pressure reading is less than 120/80 mmHg.
  • Be physically active every day: Be physically active every day. Research has shown that 3–4 sessions per week, lasting on average 40 minutes per session, and involving moderate-to-vigorous-intensity physical activity can help lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and keep your weight at a healthy level.
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