Experts say most cases of premature death from heart disease are completely preventable. Here’s how…
1 Don’t smoke
Smokers are at more than twice the risk of heart attacks. Even a few cigarettes a day increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular conditions. Non-smokers who are exposed to second-hand smoke are also at risk.
2 Treat medical conditions
If you have diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, you’re at a higher risk of heart disease. Go to your GP to keep your condition under control.
3 Maintain a healthy weight
The more you weigh, the harder your heart works. Being overweight contributes to the onset of heart disease.
4 Exercise frequently
The heart is like any other muscle, it needs a workout to stay strong. Exercising helps improve the performance of the heart pumping blood through your body. Try to do moderate exercise for at least 30 minutes a day.
5 Eat a heart-healthy diet
Enjoy plenty of plant-based foods, such as fruit, vegetables, nuts and whole grains. Limit sodium, saturated fat, cholesterol, trans fat and refined sugar. Omega-3 fatty acids are good fats and come from tuna, salmon, flaxseed, almonds and walnuts. Monounsaturated fats also are good for you, and are found in olive and peanut oils.