A family history of heart disease is one risk factor for a heart attack that you cannot change. In many cases, though, you can protect yourself from this common condition with the right lifestyle choices. Many heart attack risk factors stem from unhealthy behaviors. Tobacco usage in particular is a habit that can cause great damage to your heart and vascular system. What you eat can also impact your cardiac health. High-salt and high-fat foods can contribute to hypertension and arterial plaque buildup, two conditions that can weaken the vascular system and predispose you to having a heart attack. Poor food choices plus a lack of physical activity can also lead to excessive weight, which can strain cardiovascular function. To protect your heart from a heart attack, make nutritious eating and regular exercise a part of your life. If you smoke, talk to your doctor about a cessation program that is right for you.
Are you at risk for a heart attack? South Bay Hospital can help you control your risk factors. Call (888) 685-1595 to speak with a Consult-A-Nurse about our vascular care services for Sun City Center residents.