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What can I do to lower my risk of getting a heart attack?

Answer
There are certain risks for heart disease that are outside of your control, such as inheriting your family history of heart disease, or getting older. However, there are many things that you can do to lower your risk of developing heart disease.

STOP SMOKING!

Smoking cigarettes, or even cigars, places you at significantly higher risk of having a heart attack, and prematurely developing blocked arteries in the heart, to the brain or to your arms and legs.

EXERCISE

Walking 30 minutes 3-4 times a week can strengthen your heart and lungs, lower you blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and help you lose weight. Exercise has been shown to be a powerful prevention tool in combating heart disease.

DIET

Eat a diet filled with whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean cuts of meat, and with fresh fish. Avoid heavy sauces, fried foods, fatty foods or salty foods. We have healthy and delicious menu guides available in the office to help you in choosing healthy foods.