Heart Rhythm Community
About This Community:

A community of people experiencing Heart Rhythm concerns. Ask a question, join a conversation, share experiences: symptoms, management, and treatment.

Font Size:
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank

How Can a Heart Attack Be Preve...

How Can a Heart Attack Be Prevented?

Lowering your risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD) can help you prevent a heart attack. (See "Who Is At Risk for a Heart Attack?") Even if you already have CAD, you can still take steps to lower your risk of heart attack.

Reducing the risk of heart attack usually means making healthy lifestyle choices. You also may need treatment for medical conditions that raise your risk. 

Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Healthy lifestyle choices to help prevent heart attack include:

  • Following a low-fat diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Pay careful attention to the amounts and types of fat in your diet. Lower your salt intake. These changes can help lower high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol.
  • Losing weight if you're overweight or obese.
  • Quitting smoking.
  • Doing physical activity to improve heart fitness. Ask your doctor how much and what kinds of physical activity are safe for you.

Treat Related Conditions

In addition to making lifestyle changes, you can help prevent heart attacks by treating conditions you have that make a heart attack more likely:

  • High blood cholesterol. You may need medicine to lower your cholesterol if diet and exercise aren't enough.
  • High blood pressure. You may need medicine to keep your blood pressure under control.
  • Diabetes (high blood sugar). If you have diabetes, control your blood sugar levels through diet and physical activity (as your doctor recommends). If needed, take medicine as prescribed.

Have an Emergency Action Plan

Make sure that you have an emergency action plan in case you or someone else in your family has a heart attack. This is especially important if you're at high risk or have already had a heart attack.

Talk with your doctor about the signs and symptoms of heart attack, when you should call 9–1–1, and steps you can take while waiting for medical help to arrive.


Author/Source: National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute, Division of the National Institute of Health [NIH]

Retrieved: June 2008

Top Arrhythmias Answerers
995271_tn?1408549100
Blank
itdood
PA
612551_tn?1247839157
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ
1807132_tn?1318747197
Blank
michellepetkus
Chicago, IL
1124887_tn?1313758491
Blank
is_something_wrong
Oslo, Norway
221122_tn?1323014865
Blank
RNRita
Whitehall, PA
1569985_tn?1328251082
Blank
DeltaDawn23
Ann Arbor, MI
Recent Activity
1236893_tn?1408490528
Blank
Individuals with social phobia have...
15 hrs ago by gymdandee
1236893_tn?1408490528
Blank
H.R. 2393, Country of Origin Labeli...
Jul 01 by gymdandee
1236893_tn?1408490528
Blank
Ease Anxiety With Food
Jul 01 by gymdandee
Go
BlankBlankBlank
Report
Rating
Category
Start Date
Jun 09, 2008
by jen_from_NY
Last Revision
Jun 16, 2011
by healthyveggie