The view from a helicopter loses its thrill when you are being rushed to a hospital in a last-ditch, desperate attempt to save your life. You do not want the ride and you do not want to have a heart attack.
So, the important question is, “How do you try to prevent a heart attack?”
The answer may be much simpler than you think. From a cardiologist’s mouth (paraphrased of course) to your eyes, here are the five most important actions you can take to avoid a heart attack (acute myocardial infarction) caused by clogged arteries:
1. First and foremost, do not smoke. Smoking not only damages your lungs and causes cancer, it clogs your arteries. In layman’s terms, smoking makes your arteries “sticky” and encourages platelets to accumulate. This will clog your arteries and lead to a heart attack.
2. Walk or perform some form of exercise one hour per day, though walking is the most highly recommended. The average resting heartbeat is 60-80 beats per minute. That is approximately 4,200 beats for hour and 100,800 beats per day. Your heart works this hard for you when you are doing nothing; imagine how hard it works for you when you decide to exert energy. Do you think you can spare one hour per day for it?
3. Limit the fat content in your diet. Cows are one of your worst enemies when it comes to heart health. Cow’s greasy asses and their secretions sold in the forms of milk, butter, cheese, cream, and so forth clog your arteries. You also want to avoid other fatty meats and foods with high fat content and trans fat. For more detailed diet information visit the American Heart Association’s website (link below).
4. Drink alcohol in moderation. We all have a different perception of moderation, but suffice it to say; shit-faced is not moderation. As little alcohol as possible and a maximum of one drink per day for women and two for men is recommended for your heart’s health.
5. Have your cholesterol levels tested. Do not walk around a ticking time bomb, just waiting for your heart to explode. Avoid foods that are high in cholesterol. Many high-cholesterol foods are also high-fat foods such as butter, heavy cream, and lard. Other examples of high cholesterol foods are eggs, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, lamb, beefsteak, and ice cream. Most animal products are high in cholesterol because they are high in saturated fats. eMedicine has a detailed cholesterol diet (link below).
These five easy lifestyle choices: 1. No smoking, 2. Exercise, 3. Low-fat diet, 4. Moderate alcohol consumption, and 5. Low-cholesterol diet are your best defenses against a heart attack caused by clogged arteries (acute myocardial infarction).
You need your heart every second of every minute of every hour of every day. Think about it! Without your heart you are nothing, nowhere, you cease to exist. Life and everything you know and love about it is gone forever. You need your heart desperately.
In return, your heart needs you. It needs you to take care of it. Think of the time, effort, and expense you expend taking care of your appearance, loved ones, home, pets, car, clothes and other things in your life. If you do not take care of your heart first you could be separated from all you love and cherish in a heartbeat. That’s it! One heartbeat!