Top 6 ways to control heart attack risk

Top 6 ways to control heart attack risk

Heart disease causes about one million deaths in Americans per year. It is the leading cause of death in men and women, and about 1 in every 3 deaths is due to heart disease.

According to The Heart Foundation, 920,00 Americans will suffer a heart attack this year, and almost half will occur without warning signs.

A heart attack is caused by part of the heart muscle dying. Even when a heart attack is survived, it can cause serious damage and high risk for sudden cardiac arrest, according to WebMD.

There are ways to control cardiac risk.

Let’s look at the top 6 ways to control heart attack risk.

According to new research from the American College of Cardiology, women who followed six healthy living steps had a much lower risk of heart attack.

The study followed nurses for over 20 years to determine the most important lifestyle choices that could be preventing heart attacks. The researchers narrowed these lifestyle factors to the following six:

Healthy diet
Healthy body fat percentage
Exercising at least 2.5 hours each week
Watching television only 7 hours or less per week
No smoking
Limiting alcoholic beverages to one drink or less per day

The study authors concluded: “Preventing the development of clinical risk factors through a healthy lifestyle can reduce the incidence of diabetes, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia and reduce the incidence of coronary artery disease in young women, just as a healthy lifestyle can prevent coronary disease in women with these risk factors.”

The study showing the top 6 ways to control heart attack risk was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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5. “6 Steps That Can Prevent 70% of Heart Attacks.” TIME. TIME, 5 Jan. 2015. Web. 17 Mar. 2015.

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