FIVE Tips To Reduce Risk Of Heart Attack
Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading cause of death worldwide. Thankfully there are things you can do to reduce your risk. Here are a few:
- A balanced diet: Nutrition is a key part of heart attack prevention. Aim to eat a diet containing a variety of food groups. By food groups, we mean carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables (at least five a day is the current recommendation), proteins, milk and dairy, and high fat/high sugar containing foods. This does not mean you have to go with your favourite treats. Moderation is the key here. Try and avoid fad diets and stick to well-balanced meals. Also, studies suggest that eating oily fish is particularly cardioprotective – it is recommended you eat oily fish at least once a week.
- Avoid stress: Some level of stress is thought to be good for our bodies. However, persistent mental and physical stress can increase the quantities of damaging chemicals in the body and lead to poorer health. Chronic stress may also cause us to turn to unhealthy habits such as alcohol abuse which only worsens health.
- Get exercise: It is thought that regular aerobic exercise – at least 150 minutes a week is good for our health. This combined with at least 2 days of muscle strengthening exercise is the ultimate stress buster and can keep your heart healthy.
- Maintain a healthy weight: Ultimately with the combination of well-balanced diet and regular exercise most people are able to stay within normal weight. This is important as packing on the pounds is thought to increase the workload done by the heart and be damaging to the cardiovascular system.
- Avoid smoking: Smoking is a major cause of ill health – including cardiovascular disease. The mainstay of advice around smoking is to give it up. This may be difficult to achieve on your own. If in need of help you may be happy to know you need not look any further than your local pharmacy. Health experts there can offer you the support you need.