Heart Attack Prevention Tips

August 15, 2016 at 5:00 pm Leave a comment

Did you know a heart-healthy lifestyle can be your best defense against heart disease and stroke? Follow these simple steps to reduce some of the modifiable risk factors for heart disease, heart attack and stroke.

  • Stop smoking – If you or someone in your household smokes, encourage them to quit.
  • Choose good nutrition – The food (and the amount) you eat can affect other controllable risk factors. Follow a healthy, balanced diet and exercise.
  • High blood cholesterol – Reduce your intake of saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol and get moving. If diet and exercise aren’t enough, consult your doctor for medication.
  • Lower high blood pressure – Reduce your salt intake, take medications as recommended by your doctor and get moving.
  • Be physically active every day – Start out slow, even 10 minutes at a time may offer some health benefits. Research has shown that three to four 40-minute sessions with moderate-to-high intensity physical activity per week can help lower blood pressure, cholesterol and keep your weight at a healthy level.
  • Aim for a healthy weight – Good nutrition, controlling calorie intake and physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight. Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is a good indicator whether your weight is considered healthy.

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Source:

Lifestyle Changes for Heart Attack Prevention American Heart Association. 7/2016.

Entry filed under: Managing your health, Prevention, To Your Health.

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