Preventing a Heart Attack

How To Avoid Having a Heart Attack

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: March 11, 2022
How To Avoid Having a Heart Attack

A heart attack (coronary thrombosis, myocardial infarction or angina pectoris) occurs when a coronary artery is narrowed or blocked preventing blood circulation.In this article we will give you some advice about how to avoid and prevent heart attacks.

If, despite the advice we give you, you experience any alarming symptoms you should consult your doctor. You should also undergo medical examinations periodically to take care of your heart.

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Steps to follow:


The first tip to avoid and prevent heart attacks is to watch your diet and weight. Beware of those extra calories! If not worked off, they become fat and weight gain overloads the heart and increases blood cholesterol, making you predisposed to atherosclerosis. A man whose weight is 20% more than normal is at a higher risk of getting a heart attack.

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Our second piece of advice is that as well as your diet, it is necessary to exercise regularly. Exercise, but consult your doctor about what is best depending on your age and physical fitness. Walk daily and incorporate walking into your daily routine. Regular exercise also has an added benefit: it calms nerves and releases endorphin which can also help to reduce stress.

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Not smoking is very important to avoid heart attacks, average heart attacks among heavy smokers is higher than among non-smokers, and the death rate is much higher. If you are a smoker then the single biggest thing to do to decrease your chances of developing coronary heart disease is to give up smoking.

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It may seem strange but some good advice is to stop worrying and being stressed. Worrying and being stressed and emotional raises blood pressure and cholesterol. Prolonged stress increases the chance of a heart attack.

A good way to reduce stress is to engage in physical activities that encourage relaxation such as yoga and meditation.


Hypertension or high blood pressure is a major cause of heart disease, therefore it is necessary to treat it with proper remedies in time, so take your blood pressure regularly. In most people, normal blood pressure is the systolic pressure (when the heart is contracting) of 140 or less and diastolic pressure (when the heart is relaxing) of 90 or less.

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Regular medical checks. On someone's birthday, the best gift you can give is a medical check-up. Prevention is always better than a cure, so take good care of your heart, as it really is a friend that needs looking after.


Many studies recommend the use of aspirin daily as a way to thin the blood and decrease the chance of a heart attack, but you should consult your doctor first to see if aspirin is right for you.


If, despite the advice we give you, you experience any alarming symptoms you should consult your doctor. You should also get medical examinations periodically regardless to identify any problems before they develop and become more serious.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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Victor Tembo
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