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Risk Factors for a Heart Attack

Risk Factors for a Heart Attack

Heart disease is the leading cause of death anywhere in the world, followed closely by cancer. One of the biggest heart risks is the heart attack. Those who are smokers increase their chances. Other risk factors for the heart attack are obesity, stress, poor diet, and being sedentary. If you are too much overweight, really stressed out, love to smoke, eat unhealthy foods, and like being a couch potato, you are at risk for a heart attack and other heart diseases such as CAD, or coronary artery disease. While many other risk factors are out of your control, ones like obesity and diet are in your control. So what can you do to lower your risks for a heart attack? You’ve heard this many times before: exercise and eat right. There’s really no way around it! Even smokers and those who liked being sedentary greatly reduce their chances of a heart attack by simply adding exercise at least three times a week for 30 minutes to an hour each time. When your arteries are clogged, blood has trouble flowing through and this puts you in danger for heart disease.

Now, of course, in addition to exercise, you’ll want to think about adjusting your diet. All the basics apply like eating sparingly on sugars, sodium, fats, and basically following the food guide pyramid. Drink lots of water to stay hydrated as well. Don’t forget it! You don’t want to eat fast afood every single day, but feel free to indulge every once in a while, like say, once a week if you prefer. If you eat less than that, it’s even better, but everyone has weak moments so you’ll be fine as long as you don’t go overboard. Fruits and veggies really are good for you and berries in particular are high in antioxidants, so you’ll want to stock up on strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, and more. This is because antioxidants fight those nasty diseases that you don’t want to get. A particular veggie that has shown to reduce the risk of a heart attack is broccoli. You can eat it raw, steamed, or cooked and they have all shown to help. Steamed works better than cooked and raw is sure to work the best, but either way, adding some broccoli to your diet is no joke. Dark chocolate is beneficial, but you’ve got to be careful as large amounts also increase your sugar intake, which puts you at risk for diabetes and diabetes increases your chances of a heart disease. Finally, alcohol can help as well, especially red wine. But once again, drink in moderation, as you know what happens if you drink too much!

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