How to Beat a Heart Attack
Healthful behaviors can prevent four out of five heart attacks among men, a study found. Swedish researchers followed over 20,000 men ages 45 to 79 who didn’t have cancer, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol at the study’s start. Over 11 years, men whose lifestyles included five healthy behaviors had a 79 percent lower risk of having a heart attack than their peers. That’s because they ate a healthful diet (packed with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fish and low in red meat, white bread, and fried foods), didn’t smoke, were physically active, drank moderate amounts of alcohol (two drinks a day or less for men and one drink per day or less for women), and kept their weight normal. Those who did some but not all of the behaviors also reduced heart attack risk, but to a lesser degree.
Source: Journal of the American College of Cardiology, published online Sept. 30, 2014