How to Decrease Your Risk for a Heart Attack
We’re sooooo sad to hear that Growing Pain’s star, Alan Thick died December 13, 2016 after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 69 and started to have chest pain while he was playing ice hockey with his son. There have been no shared reports of any other health complications. I’m sure more will be revealed in the upcoming weeks.
So on today’s episode of Healthy Living with Nurse Alice on Mighty Good Day with Lady Shaunte on 760 AM The Gospel I explained what a heart attack is and described some of the risk factors. But here are a few take aways that you should take away to decrease your chances of having a heart attack.
Nurse Alice’s 5 heart health tips.
- Get screened to know your risk factors.
Make sure your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and weight are under control. Having high levels with these things puts you at greater risk of a heart attack.
- Exercise 30 minutes a day at least 3-5 times a week.
Not just to look good but to condition your heart. Exercise increases blood flow to the heart and it helps you to lose weight.
- Eat with your heart in mind.
Choose leaner meats, foods low fat/cholesterol, and more fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Stop smoking!
The chemicals in cigarettes and vapors are TOXIC and damage the heart & lungs.
- Manage your stress.
Stress can be good (planning a wedding) or bad (having a stressful job). When we’re stressed the body releases stress hormones which cause our heart to work faster, harder and stronger unnecessarily. Don’t let your heart work harder than it has too.