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Heart Attack and Atherosclerosis Prevention (cont.)

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What can I do to prevent heart disease or a heart attack?

  • Leading a heart-healthy lifestyle with a nutritious low-fat diet and exercise is the best way to prevent heart disease and heart attack.
  • A heart-healthy diet includes nutrient-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Fat and sugar should be limited.
  • Regular exercise can also help keep you at a healthy weight and prevent heart disease and heart attacks.
  • Other tips for lifestyle changes that can help prevent heart disease or a heart attack include not smoking, limiting alcohol, reducing stress, and managing diabetes and high blood pressure.

What kinds of diets are recommended to prevent heart disease and heart attacks?

A heart-healthy diet is full of:

  • Fruits and veggies
  • Whole grains
  • Legumes
  • Low-fat dairy
  • Lean poultry
  • Fish
  • Nuts

Limit:

  • Sugar
  • Red meat
  • Sugary sodas

There is evidence that natural plant-based, vegetarian or vegan diets may be helpful in preventing and even reversing heart disease.

The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is an eating plan that helps manage high blood pressure and is effective in reducing the risk of heart attack.

What tips and lifestyle changes can be made to prevent heart disease and heart attacks?

Leading a heart-healthy lifestyle is the best way to prevent heart disease and heart attack. Follow these tips to reduce your risk factors for heart attack.

  • Eat a heart-healthy diet.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Don't smoke.
  • Limit alcohol intake.
  • Manage diabetes and blood pressure.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Reduce stress (take stress management classes or yoga)
  • Take prescribed medications as directed.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/24/2016

Source: MedicineNet.com
http://www.medicinenet.com/heart_attack_and_atherosclerosis_prevention/article.htm

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