How to Lower your Risk of a Heart Attack

All around the world the single highest cause of death for both men and women is due to heart diseases. There are many things that contribute to heart diseases however the most influential factor is lifestyle. Lifestyle is a factor that fortunately we have the most control over and we can choose to change it in order for it to help us live a healthy life.

Many a times the only symptom of a heart attack is death itself and not too many people get a second chance to change their lifestyle after going through a heart attack. In today’s world and age you are at a greater risk of getting a heart attack, if you have unhealthy eating habits or if you smoke or if you drink a lot of caffeinated drinks. Other health issues such as high blood pressure, asthma or if you are 10% over your ideal body weight, or if you have high cholesterol also would increase the chances of you meeting with a heart attack.

Heart attacks are caused as a result of one of the arteries to the heart getting clogged or blocked with a clot caused due to blood or plaque that has built up over a period of time in the artery. This causes the tissue to get killed due to lack of oxygen as it is blocked eventually resulting in permanent damage or death.

No one can avoid getting a heart attack and if you have a family history of heart attacks then that should be enough of an eye opener to change your lifestyle before it is too late. Your diet should include a lot of garlic and onions as these are natural blood thinners and will help protect you from blood clots which could cause the heart attack. Apart from that your diet should be high in fiber and low in proteins and cholesterol. Oats, brown bread etc are great and also almost instantly reduce the risk of a heart attack. Avoid too much of salt in your food. Eat a lot of green leafy vegetables and avoid fatty meats. Regular and periodic checkups especially after the age of 35 should be a must.