Heart Attacks – Top 10 Tips to Prevent Heart Disease


What is a Heart Attack?

Heart attack means that the heart muscle gets injured because the blood vessels providing blood supply to it stop doing so, resulting in a blood clot. It may be fatal, mild or moderate where the person may or may not recover. This is of two types: Angina and Myocardial Infarct (MI). Angina is chronic and occurs over a period of time. MI is acute and can happen suddenly. Usually, MI is more dangerous than an angina.  
Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attack
Chest tightness or pain, pain may be radiating beyond chest to the shoulder, arm, back pain, acidity or burning sensation in the chest, sweating, palpitations, difficulty in breathing
Causes of Heart Attack
Heart attack is a culmination of an incorrect lifestyle such as erratic eating habits, choosing unhealthy foods, obesity, irregular sleeping habits, lack of exercise, addictions such as smoking, consuming excessive alcohol, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and so on.
How to Prevent a Heart Attack
Modify your lifestyle to save your heart and pave your way towards good health. 
  1. Lose excess body weight: Obesity can lead to health problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and more. If care is not taken to keep a check on these health problems, it can lead to complications and a heart attack.  
  2. Control Hypertension: Eat low sodium foods, reduce salt intake, avoid top salt. Check your blood pressure regularly. Take proper medication to control blood pressure.
  3. Reduce stress: Stress can increase blood pressure to alarming levels and can lead to a sudden heart attack. Yoga and meditation can work wonders on your health and give stress relief.
  4. Heart Friendly Diet: Cut down on saturated fats and cholesterol from your diet such as animal sources and palm oil. Restrict fried foods. Eat high fiber foods daily. Make use of low fat cooking techniques. Get a lipid profile done every 6 months. Garlic, green tea and antioxidants like vitamin C are heart friendly.
  5. Check blood sugar regularly. If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar well within control. Uncontrolled diabetes speeds up atherosclerosis, that is, fatty deposits and thickening of the arterial walls.
  6. Family History is an unavoidable risk factor beyond our control. If you have a family history of heart attacks, be cautious from a young age.
  7. Regular exercise improves heart function, promotes weight loss, helps reduce cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar.
  8. Stop Smoking as it damages the inner walls of arteries due to reduced oxygen supply to the lungs. This raises cholesterol deposition and reduces blood flow.
  9. Drink in moderation if you are already drinking. Small amounts of alcohol, specified as 1 peg a day for women and 2 pegs a day for men, can prevent heart disease. But excessive alcohol consumption can raise blood pressure and triglycerides, which are high risk factors for a heart attack.
  10. An annual medical check-up will help early detection of heart disease and prevent strokes or other heart problems.
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