Prevention of heart attacks

Keep the heart pumping

By Brandie Umar, Executive Director of ContentLast modified: October 03, 2011

Prevention Of Heart Attacks

The best way to prevent a heart attack is to live a healthy life and have regular cardiology checks to ensure the heart is working efficiently:


Stop smoking and maintain a healthy weight

Smoking and obesity are the leading causes of heart attacks. Quitting smoking and eating a diet low in fat, red meat and processed food will reduce your risk of coronary artery disease which can lead to a heart attack.


Keep cholesterol in check

High cholesterol increases the risk of heart attack. If exercise and diet are not helping keep cholesterol low, medication can be prescribed to help fight high cholesterol.


Reduce blood pressure

Stress, being overweight and worrying can all raise blood pressure. Reducing stress will lower blood pressure and the risk of heart attack or stroke.


Control diabetes

Fluctuating blood sugar levels leads to coronary artery disease, the main factor in heart attacks caused by heart disease.


Reduce alcohol intake

Reducing the amount of alcohol you drink and keeping within the recommended limits will lower the chances of a heart attack.


Improve your fitness

Being at a healthy weight is not enough to prevent heart attack or heart disease. Just 10 minutes of exercise a day is enough to improve the fitness of your heart and help prevent heart problems.


Know the symptoms.


Early treatment for somebody having a heart attack is vital to reducing the risk of death or permanent heart damage after a heart attack. Learn the symptoms of a heart attack and contact a doctor immediately if you notice any of the signs that your heart is in trouble.  


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