5 Lifestyle Changes You Need to Start Doing to Prevent Future Heart Attack

By Amy Taylor on March 13, 2017

Heart disease is the world’s biggest killer. And you might think that poor heart health only starts happening when you’ve gotten older. But the truth is it doesn’t require any age. Anyone, young or old, can suffer from cardiovascular problems, such as heart attack.

If you have been diagnosed with a heart problem or is prone to it, it is important to have a regular check-up with your GP. And even if you don’t have, here are some important lifestyle changes you need to start doing today to prevent yourself from having a heart attack in the future:

Get started with your workout.

You probably have been planning to work out since January (as part of your New Year’s resolution). And if you haven’t started out, now is the best time to do so.  Physical exercise plays a very important role in keeping your body, especially your heart, in good condition. Experts recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical exercise every week to stay healthy. Combine aerobic with strength training for greater cardiovascular health benefits.

Reduce your calorie consumption.

The recommended calorie intake is 2500 for men and 2000 for women. You want to stay close to this guideline as much as possible. Research shows that overweight people are more likely to suffer from heart attack than their lean peers. Limiting your daily calorie intake is a great way to maintain a healthy weight. Also, you want to focus on healthy sources of calories. They include whole grains like oats and bran, vegetables and fruits, some lean meat, and healthy fats like olive oil.

Get enough sleep.

Sleep receives less attention when it comes to heart health. But it has a very crucial role actually. Research finds that people who lack sleep are at a higher risk of getting heart disease regardless of age, weight and lifestyle. The thing is the body responds to lack of sleep by producing more stress hormones, which raise blood pressure and blood sugar levels and lower good cholesterol levels.

Get an annual heart check.

Be proactive about getting checked by your GP. Even if heart disease doesn’t run in your family, or you are generally healthy, it is not a guarantee that you will not suffer from heart attack. So have at least an annual check with your GP.

Indulge in some dark chocolate and red wine.

Dark chocolate and wine may have gotten a bad rap when it comes health. But actually, they are good for you, especially your heart. That’s because they contain flavonoids - plant-based nutrients and powerful antioxidants that promote your overall health. But just like any food, you want to observe proper portion sizes. Too much of everything can be bad for your health too.

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