Preventing Heart Attacks

10 Simple Ways to Prevent a Heart Attack

More than 700,000 Americans suffer from heart attack every year.   Fifteen percent of these result in death.  

The heart must receive an ample supply of oxygenated blood in order to function properly. When plaque builds up in your coronary arteries, it can block the flow of blood to the heart and trigger an attack. Plaque buildup can result in tightening and hardening of the heart muscles and can lead to a blood clot – another heart attack trigger.  Chronic inflammation in the body contributes to coronary atherosclerosis.

To keep your heart as healthy as possible and reduce chronic inflammation,reducing or preventing heart attacks, incorporate these 10 key behaviors into your lifestyle.

For more information and a free consultation call 480-325-6977 to find out how you can prevent heart attacks and other chronic illness. The doctors at Foresight Chiropractic Wellness Center are board certified Atlas Orthogonist specializing in gentle, precise care for the entire family. Don't wait for a chronic illness to hit before taking action -- call today!!

 

  1. Eat a Healthy Diet.   Incorporate mostly fresh, organic and whole foods, add more veggies and fruits, and consume grass-fed protein from organically raised animals.

  2. Avoid the Bad Stuff.  This means reducing and eliminating sugar, processed foods, artificial sweeteners, refined carbs, high fructose corn syrup, and trans fats in your diet.

  3. Drink Lots of Water.   Carry a water bottle with you wherever you go.   Have a big jug at your desk.  Add a cucumber, lemon or strawberry slice to really jazz it up.  

  4. Exercise Regularly.  You can do this!   A minimum of 3 hours a week is the goal.  Start with a walk around the block, some yard work, hand weights while watching TV. High Intensity Interval training is very efficient and effective.

  5. Quit Smoking.   Smoking causes your blood vessels to narrow and thicken, and can cause blood clots.

  6. Avoid Alcohol.   Alcohol is high in empty calories and stops your body from burning fats and calories and stresses the liver.

  7. Don’t Sit.  Sitting is bad for you.Try to get up from you chair or couch at least every hour for 10 minutes, and stretch. Move!

  8. Optimize Vitamin D.   Test your vitamin D levels annually, as a deficiency increases your heart attack risk by 50%.        

  9. Free Yourself from Stress.   When stressed, your body releases the hormone norepinephrine, which can contribute to plaque rupture. 

  10. See Your Chiropractor Regularly. Aligning your spine helps the nervous system, that controls the heart and every organ, blood vessel, gland and cell in the body, function optimally. 

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