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Five Ways to Cut Your Risk of Heart Attack

Five Ways to Cut Your Risk of Heart Attack
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By    |   Wednesday, 31 July 2019 09:33 AM

Nearly half of all Americans have some type of cardiovascular disease, a recent report found. This means that the average adult in the U.S. is at risk of suffering from a heart attack, stroke, or related condition.

Coronary artery disease is one of the common causes of heart attacks, which can be fatal and occur when the blood flow to the heart is blocked by deposits such as fat, cholesterol, and other substances in the coronary arteries, according to Medical News Today.

Not all heart attacks are avoidable but there are things you can do to dramatically reduce your risk of having one, The Express found after looking at various reports on the subject. Based on their findings, we take a closer look at five ways to reduce your risk of having a heart attack.

1. Eat tomatoes — It is widely known that antioxidants can get rid of harmful free radicals in the body and tomatoes are crammed with lycopene, which has antioxidant properties and can reduce your risk of deadly conditions that include strokes and heart attacks.

2. Monitor your sleep — Your sleeping patterns can tell you a lot about your health, and could also be key in reducing your chances of suffering a heart attack. How? People who experience sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing stops and starts repeatedly throughout the night, could be harming their heart health. Snoring is a big warning sign of sleep apnea, as well as waking up feeling tired despite a full night's sleep.

3. Ditching saturated and trans fats — A diet high in saturated or trans fats can cause high blood cholesterol, which is linked to heart attacks and strokes. The American Heart Association recommends cutting out fatty meat such as pork, lamb, and poultry with skin, as well as full-fat dairy and replacing them with whole grains, fruit and vegetables, healthy fats, and lean meats.

4. Manage your health — The risk of suffering from a heart attack is increased by certain health conditions such as high blood pressure and obesity as well as lifestyle habits including smoking and a sedentary lifestyle. Managing health conditions and making healthy lifestyle changes will greatly reduce your risk of a heart attack.

5. Reduce stress — Research has linked high-stress levels with coronary heart disease. A person who is chronically stressed out has elevated levels of stress hormones like cortisol, which has been linked to heart attack and stroke. Furthermore, people who are high-strung tend to make poor lifestyle choices. They may exercise less, drink and smoke more, and overeat, which are all risk factors for heart disease.

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