Tips for Reducing the Risk of a Heart Attack
If you smoke, speak to your doctor about quitting. Your risk of a heart attack can reduce greatly with this single step. After five years of quitting, your cardiovascular risk is almost the same as if you never smoked.
If you are overweight, speak to your doctor about weight reduction through a moderate nutrition plan and an active lifestyle. Being over weight is a risk factor for having a heart attack.
If you have high blood pressure, you should reduce your salt intake and take all your blood pressure medications. Monitor your blood pressure daily, record it in a logbook, and show it to your cardiologist at your appointment.
If you have diabetes, it is important to control your blood glucose levels since this will decrease long term damage to your kidneys and your heart. Keep a logbook of your blood sugar measurement and show it to your primary doctor.
If you have high cholesterol, it is important to avoid high-cholesterol food and take your cholesterol medicine. This medicine can actually reduce the amount of cholesterol buildup in your arteries.
If you are a male over age 50 with any one of the above health conditions, you should be taking one baby aspirin a day.
If you have had a stroke or a mini-stroke, this puts you at a higher risk for having cholesterol plaques in your coronary arteries. Blood pressure control is important to reduce your risk of a heart attack.
If you have leg muscle pain while walking or climbing steps, this increases your chance of having coronary artery disease. Eating a low cholesterol diet, taking your cholesterol medicine and taking an aspirin every day will reduce your chance of a heart attack.
Blood pressure control reduces the chance that a plaque in your coronary arteries will break open and cause a heart attack. It will also reduce the harm to your kidneys from chronic high blood pressure.
Each cigarette you smoke increases the stress on your blood vessel walls and increases the chance of your having a heart attack. The time to quit is now. Ask your doctor to help you.
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