A heart attack can be a scary and unexpected experience. Many people are often unaware of the risk factors, and once a heart attack happens, they think to themselves: “How could a heart attack have happened to me?”.
In this article, we dive into different ways in which you can prevent this from happening. We have also kept some advice in italics, that you can implement while reading this!
Before we start, you should have a quick idea of how healthy your heart is at the moment. You can use this quick and free tool we’ve devised which takes your inputs and gives your heart a score. (Sorry again for the shameless plug!).
Let’s dive into it:
- Try to be a little less stressed:
While you’re reading this paragraph, try breathing slowly and deeply.
Stress is one of the leading causes of a heart attack. It raises your blood pressure which in turn causes stress hormones to adversely affect your body.
This study by The Lancet shows that stress causes the bone marrow to produce extra white blood cells. This in turn can cause the arteries to get inflamed, thus leading to heart attacks, angina, or even strokes.
Taking out some time every day for meditation, spending time with your family and friends, or even taking up some old hobbies, can go a long way. Here is a list of 10 stress-relieving games you can try out right away.
- Eating something a little more healthy:
Go around your house and try to find something healthy to eat.
Everyone’s composition is different, and so is their diet. The quick and general tips you can inculcate are: Cut down your salt intake, eat less sugar, be aware and careful in what type of fats you’re eating, cut back slowly on alcohol and finally, visit your local mandi more so that you can eat more fruits and vegetables!
- Aim for a healthier weight:
This is something a lot of people have trouble with. Obesity places you at risk for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and insulin resistance, a precursor of type 2 diabetes — the very factors that heighten your risk of cardiovascular disease. This of course doesn’t sound good at all.
This article by Mayo Clinic talks about how you can get started exercising and how you can build it into a habit. We all have to start somewhere!
- Pay more attention to health information:
Sit down right now and take some time to think of advice someone has given you before.
There is an abundance of information on health all around us, and we cannot possibly hope to cover all of that in this answer. It is an obvious fact that we pay more attention to the things that we are looking for, in this case, information about the heart. Similarly, if you put in a little effort to read through different articles and posts on social media, it will indirectly change your health for the better.
- Reduce the severity of your risk factors:
Heart attacks happen due to 7 main risk factors. By minimizing the severity of the modifiable factors, you can make sure that your chances of getting a heart attack are low. The following test gives your heart a score depending on these factors.
This quiz assesses the main categories of: Medical history and medications, tobacco usage, stress, physical activity, diet, and physical measurements of an individual to give a result that gives a basic idea of how healthy your heart is.
Each question carries different points that vary based on the risk factors’ role in a heart attack. (The lower the score, the better).