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Heart Attack and Atherosclerosis Prevention (cont.)

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Will exercise reduce my risk of having a heart attack?

Regular exercise can help prevent heart attacks. Just 40 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous-intensity physical activity, 3-4 times per week can lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, help you lose weight and maintain a healthy weight. It also helps manage stress.

Exercise tips: Start slowly and work your way up to more time and intensity. Even just 10 minutes of light walking will benefit your health.

Find activities you enjoy such as

  • Yoga
  • Swimming
  • Tai Chi
  • Walk for 20 minutes and spend time with nature
  • Bike with family or friends
  • Take an exercise class at the community college
  • Go out dancing

What diseases or conditions put a person at a higher risk for a heart attack?

The following increases your risk of heart attack:


American Heart Association. About Heart Attacks. Updated July 2015.

Heart.org. Aspirin and Heart Disease. Updated Apr 4, 2016.

Heart.org. Cough CPR. 10 December 2014.

Heart.org. Understand Your Risk of Heart Attack. Updated Feb 10, 2016.

Heart.org. Warning Signs of a Heart Attack. Updated Mar 23, 2016.

American Heart Association. Lifestyle Changes for Heart Attack Prevention. Updated July 2015.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heart Disease Facts. Updated Aug 10, 2015.

Michael Greger, MD. Heart Health. Updated Apr 27, 2016.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/29/2016

Source: MedicineNet.com

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