“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” as the old saying goes is true in the case of heart attacks. The best way to cure a heart attack is to never have one, but fortunately for people recovering from a heart attack, the same natural treatments work as aftercare remedies.
The Mayo Clinic recommended
the following steps to "help you not only prevent but also recover from a heart attack":
- Maintain low cholesterol levels and control your blood pressure.
- Schedule regular checkups and catch risk factors early.
- Exercise regularly.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Eat a diet filled with fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains, and not on fat, sugar, and processed foods.
- Manage diabetes.
- Keep calm and control stress.
- Drink alcohol in moderation.
- Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke.
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The great advantage of these natural cures is that eating a heart-healthy diet and exercising regularly are largely helpful in achieving many the other cures. If you are unsure about how to lower your cholesterol, or maintain your weight, or manage your diabetes, seeking the advice of a registered nutritionist or dietician is a great place to start.
With all the demands on our time and energy, keeping stress levels low is a little trickier these days, but taking time to exercise has been credited with reducing stress levels and alleviating anxiety. According to the Stress Management Society
, when choosing an exercise program, choose activities you enjoy and start off slow.
In addition to exercise, stress can be managed through relaxation techniques, which can be as simple as breathing.
Reduced stress can also lessen the need for smoking and alcohol.
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