Sometimes, a heart attack can manifest with only the symptoms of mild pain or discomfort. There are times when a person experiencing a heart attack may not even be sure of what is happening. It is a scary truth, but luckily there are ways of preventing a heart attack.  We’ve come up with the top 5 ways to do it, and one of them may surprise you!

Preventing a Heart Attack Tip  #1: Manage Stress

Did you know that stress changes the way the blood clots, increasing chances of a heart attack? It’s true, so it may be time to start a bit of meditation, or breathing exercise to calm your mind and stress levels. It is normal to get angry and be stressed, but do not let it eat away at you.. Easy to say, we know. Being too angry can lead to high blood pressure which can lead to undue strain on the heart. It is important to adopt a healthy lifestyle to prevent health complications in the future. Spread the good vibes to help others prevent heart disease and live a longer and healthier life!

Preventing a Heart Attack  Tip #2: Eat Healthy

Eating a heart healthy diet, such as incorporating fruits and vegetables, proteins and whole grains can make a serious impact for the best. Make small changes like using spices to season your food instead of salt, and we assure you that these small changes will add up. Also try avoiding trans fat as it increases your bad cholesterol levels and lowers the good ones. When in doubt, stick to eating whole foods that come from the earth, rather than those that are heavily processed.

Preventing a Heart Attack  Tip #3: Stop Shoveling Snow

heart-attack-prevention-signs-symptomsYou read it right! This tip to improve your heart health may be a surprise, but we strongly recommend it not shoveling snow if you are prone to heart disease. About 100 Americans every year die of a heart attack after, or during shoveling snow. Many more are admitted to the hospital with chest pain or other heart problems.

The fact of the matter is that shoveling snow, especially heavy, wet snow can raise your heart rate and blood pressure infinitely faster than running all out on a treadmill. This, in combination with fact that you will be shoveling out in the cold; the cold temperatures may cause blood vessels to constrict. These two reasons put together can combine to trigger a heart attack.

Heart Attack Prevention Tip #4: Rest Up

It’s as simple as that. Sleep allows your body to recover which is good for not only your heart but overall health. When you sleep, your blood pressure and heart rate lowers, taking a break.

Sleeping for too short a period of time can increase your blood pressure and inflammation in your body. So do yourself a favor, and rest up for your heart health.

Heart Attack Prevention Tip #5: Quit a Bad Habit

There are plenty of bad habits that we could use parting ways with, but the one in particular that directly affects your heart health is smoking. Tobacco use will make you extremely vulnerable to heart disease. Because of this, we not only suggest quitting smoking, but avoiding secondhand smoke, and in turn, not surrounding yourself with smokers. It may be a difficult life change, but it may save your life.

What should I do if someone is having a heart attack?

Heart disease can be controlled, even in those with genetic risk factors. There are always things you can be doing, especially if you are at risk for heart disease to help prevent heart disease or a heart attack. Others can come on suddenly and intensely. Cardiac infarction (the medical term for heart attack) symptoms often vary, and even a person who has experienced prior heart attacks can have different symptoms in a subsequent heart attack.

If you suspect you’re having a heart attack, call for emergency medical help immediately. Do not drive yourself to the hospital! Minutes matter! Fast action can save lives, maybe your own.

If you feel that your heart health has been compromised, come in and see us.

AFC Urgent Care New Britain is located at 135 East Main Street and open 7 days a week, from 8am-8pm Mondays  through Fridays and from 8am-5pm Saturdays and Sundays.