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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:

REFERENCES:

American Heart Association. About Heart Attacks. Updated July 2015.
<http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/AboutHeartAttacks/About-Heart-Attacks_UCM_002038_Article.jsp#.VyJl7GbUkuI>.

Heart.org. Aspirin and Heart Disease. Updated Apr 4, 2016.
<http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/PreventionTreatmentofHeartAttack/Aspirin-and-Heart-Disease_UCM_321714_Article.jsp#.VyJrBmbUkuI>.

Heart.org. Cough CPR. 10 December 2014.
<http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/CardiacArrest/Cough-CPR_UCM_432380_Article.jsp#.VyJsDmbUkuI>.

Heart.org. Understand Your Risk of Heart Attack. Updated Feb 10, 2016.
<http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/UnderstandYourRiskofHeartAttack/Understand-Your-Risk-of-Heart-Attack_UCM_002040_Article.jsp#.VyJveWbUkuI>.

Heart.org. Warning Signs of a Heart Attack. Updated Mar 23, 2016.
<http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/WarningSignsofaHeartAttack/Warning-Signs-of-a-Heart-Attack_UCM_002039_Article.jsp#.VyJn-mbUkuI>.

American Heart Association. Lifestyle Changes for Heart Attack Prevention. Updated July 2015.
<http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/PreventionTreatmentofHeartAttack/Lifestyle-Changes-for-Heart-Attack-Prevention_UCM_303934_Article.jsp#.VyIqhWbUkuI>.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heart Disease Facts. Updated Aug 10, 2015.
<http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm>.

Michael Greger, MD. Heart Health. Updated Apr 27, 2016.
<http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/heart-health/>.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/29/2016

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

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