Prevention of Future Attack 2005 (F) 2006 (B) 2007 (B)

Can you prevent a heart attack? It’s a complex question to answer. Coronary heart disease is largely hereditary. Many factors related to coronary heart disease can be “managed” to minimize the possibility of a heart attack or a reoccurrence. The advice from my 2006 scoring says it all.

As I mentioned in earlier posts, I need to step up the exercise to 3 30 minute sessions a week; I need to maintain the low-fat, low-sugar diet and avoid stressful situations.

A heart attack is basically when plaque in our heart blood vessels close a vessel or break loose and obstructs a vessel. This causes the heart to malfunction. What most people don’t realize is that even healthy people develop an increasing amount of plaque in blood vessels as we age.

Minimizing plaque is something that we can mange. It’s pretty simple… minimize the amount of fried, fatty, sugary and salty foods that you consume. I know that is just about everything we love about food.

We do pretty well at home maintaining a relatively healthy diet. We have eliminated a lot of sugar from our diets; replacing it with Splenda. We grill or bake just about any fish, poultry, pork or beef and select meats that are low in fat. Did you know that sirloin steak and flank steaks are just about as lean as boneless skinless chicken breasts? You can have lean beef on a heart friendly diet.

That leaves exercise and eliminating stress as other factors you can manage. I’ve spoken quite a bit about them over the past week. The solutions are simple and obvious for both of these items. The main obstacle is that they require a change in lifestyle; something that is more difficult to achieve.

My 2007 goal is almost identical to my 2006 goal. I need to step up the exercise to 3 30 minute sessions a week; I need to maintain the low-fat, low-sugar, low-sodium diet and lmake it a priority to avoid stressful situations.

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