How to prevent yourself from heart attack

Even if you think you’re fairly healthy, you can drop dead of a heart attack at any time if you don’t know how to prevent heart attacks.

Here are things to do to prevent yourself from heart attack:

1. Stop smoking - smoking cigarettes or weed damages every organ in your body, including the lining of your arteries. Smoking causes fatty deposits (plaque) and narrowing of the arteries, leading to chest pain (angina) and irregular heart beat.

2. Change your lifestyle by eating a healthy, balanced diet and exercising regularly.

3. Know the early warning signs of a heart attack:

  • Chest pain, jaw pain, shoulder or arm pain
  • Back pain between the shoulders
  • Feeling of pressure in the chest
  • Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath (with or without exertion)
  • Indigestion or heartburn
  • Rapid or irregular heart beat
  • Cold sweats
  • Nausea
5. Exercise at least 25 minutes a day - Start off with a 10 minute workout and gradually move up to 25 minutes a day

6. Visit your doctor regularly to check your blood pressure or to monitor you for diabetes and high cholesterol.

7. Take your medicine! - Take your high blood pressure, diabetes or cholesterol medication as prescribed.

8. Stay in close contact with your family and friends, especially if you are elderly. You may need someone to check on you regularly. Or you may need to check on someone you haven’t heard from in a while who lives alone.

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