An Ounce of Prevention: How to Prevent a Heart Attack


A heart attack is one of those life-altering events that we always seem to say “will never happen to me.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Heart attacks occur much more frequently among males than among females. The good news is that heart attacks are preventable. There are a lot of common sense steps that will keep you free from heart attacks. Many you have heard before: Stop smoking, manage your diet especially if you are diabetic, exercise regularly. It almost seems too easy, yet we ignore the advice and the signs.

Exercise and Then Do it Some More points out that “Regular physical activity has long been regarded as an important component of a healthy lifestyle.” In fact, more and more research is supporting that regular physical activity contributes to a “wide array of physical and mental health benefits.” For example explains the web doctor, regular physical activity has been proved to prevent formation of blockage inside your coronary artery.

Physical activity can be as easy as short bouts of 8- to 10-minute intervals (just make sure your overall total is at least 30 minutes). The key phrase is “energy expenditure.” We’re not talking about reinventing the wheel. Take a brisk walk. Rake some leaves. Statistics provided by General Health report that “As many as 250,000 deaths per year in the United States (approximately 12 per cent of the total) are attributable to a lack of regular physical activity. So why put yourself at risk? Get yourself to the gym!”

Exercise is the Mother of Prevention

Exercise, explains WebMD, increases the good cholesterol and reduces the risk factors of coronary heart disease; it also helps reduce high blood pressure. 

The World Health Organization used to stand by its recommendation of 20 to 60 minutes of moderate- to high-intensity exercise performed three or more times per week. Those recommendations have been adjusted to say that we should be exercising 30 minutes or more every day of the week if possible.

Again, those 30 minutes of exercise can be broken down throughout the day and doesn’t have to be accomplished in the gym. It could be as easy as walking up the stairs instead of taking the elevator or even pedaling a stationary cycle while watching television. It’s all good. Just use your imagination and you’ll literally be off and running

Speaking of good things, the great folks at The Joint, Savannah Twelve Oaks can enhance your well-being in a number of ways. It all starts with an initial visit. After that who knows? More endurance, better posture, no more aches and pains. And hopefully no heart attacks.

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