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How can you prevent a heart attack?

Key risk factors for heart disease are high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, obesity, and smoking. 

If you have any of these conditions, you should be aware of the higher risk you may face. Managing your high blood pressure and cholesterol with medications and a healthy diet will also help obesity. Smoking causes plaque development and stiffens the arteries. 

There are many smoking cessation products and programs out there for people who are motivated to quit! Your doctor’s office can give you a guide with some great pointers, or the American Heart Association (AHA) has a wealth of resources to get you started. Some insurance programs also pay for smoking cessation products.

Sometimes heart disease runs in families. If you have a history of heart attacks in your maternal or paternal family, it is a good idea to mention that to your doctor. In this case, not all heart disease is preventable; however, a heart-healthy diet will help, and regular checkups can help spot the early warning signs. 

Some conditions are more likely to be inherited, such as:

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – thickening of the heart ventricles, causing your heart to pump harder than normal. It can cause chest pain, shortness of breath, or palpitations.

Dilated Cardiomyopathy – the heart muscle becomes stretched, causing enlarged heart chambers. 

It can cause palpitations, fatigue, shortness of breath, and swelling of the legs.

High Cholesterol – That’s right – it’s not all based on diet alone. Some people are just more prone to a high cholesterol level. If this is inherited, it typically begins at a young age, and you have a high LDL (the “bad” cholesterol – HDL is the “good” one).

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