Reducing Your Risk Factors for Heart Attack

Learn how to reduce the risk of heart attack with lifestyle changes.

The CDC reports that about 785,000 Americans have a first coronary attack each year. By taking control of your health and habits, you can reduce your risk of becoming a heart attack statistic. Try these simple tips to work on a healthier lifestyle today.

Eat Well
One of the best and simplest ways to reduce your risk of heart disease is to adjust your diet. Focus on lowering your cholesterol by eating plenty of fiber and avoiding saturated fats. Look for healthy whole grains and lean proteins. Try keeping a diet of everything you eat for a week so that you can carefully evaluate where your diet needs improvements. Avoid eating at restaurants where portions are large and you may not have access to nutritional info.

Quit Smoking and Drinking
Smoking significantly increases your risk of heart disease. Quit today to help reduce your risk. Talk to your doctor if you feel like you need medical assistance or counseling to get you through quitting. It’s perfectly normal to have a hard time with it. Drinking can cause high blood pressure, which can increase your risk of having a heart attack. Limit alcohol use.

Be Smart About Weight and Fitness
According to the CDC, being overweight or obese can increase your risk for heart disease. Ask your doctor to measure your BMI and help you determine a healthy goal weight. If you need to lose weight, do so gradually and safely, through a combination of healthy diet and exercise. Avoid fad diets and only use medication under the guidance of a doctor. Remember to exercise every day, even if you’re at a healthy weight.

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