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Q:
What changes should I make to my
diet?
A:
A healthy diet will help control your blood
pressure and cholesterol. This will help your
heart health. Eating lots of fruits and
vegetables, maintaining a healthy weight
and using less salt can help control and
prevent high blood pressure.
And keep your diet low in saturated fat and
cholesterol. Total fat in your diet should stay
between 20 and 35 percent of total calories.
Saturated fat should make up less than 10
percent. Make sure to read your food labels.
Q:
What else should I keep in mind?
A:
Don’t forget your emotional health, which
has an efect on your heart. You will want to
fnd ways to decrease and deal with stress.
Also, if necessary, seek treatment for
depression. Untreated depression boosts the
risk for having another heart attack.
Lastly, if you smoke, quit. Within two years,
you could reduce your heart attack risk by
one-third.
Q:
What can I do to prevent another
heart attack?
A:
A heart attack can be a lifesaving wake-up
call to make healthy lifestyle changes. Your
life after a heart attack should include
exercising, eating a healthy diet and working
on reducing heart attack risk factors such as
smoking, weight, stress and inactivity.
Q:
Is it safe to exercise after I’ve had a
heart attack?
A:
You will want to check with your doctor
before you start exercising.* But it should
defnitely be a part of your plan. Your doctor
may suggest a stress test to develop an
exercise plan for you. And eventually, you
should get some brisk exercise, like walking,
for at least a half hour on most days of the
week.
Exercising will help you lose weight. And
losing as little as 10 pounds could reduce
your risk for another heart attack.
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*For most people, beginning a light, low-intensity workout program is safe. However, if you are new to exercising, have been
inactive for an extended period of time, have any medical issues or are looking to start an intense exercise program, you should
speak to your doctor frst.