Making just two lifestyle changes—exercising five day-a-week and eating a healthy diet—can significantly improve the health of your heart.
Most doctors agree that a heart-healthy diet and exercise could lower your risk of diabetes, hypertension, obesity and cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke.
One of my favorite physicians, Dr. Joe Mercola, has the following suggestions, with a few of my own, to help you accomplish that goal. My comments are in italics.
Most importantly, manage your emotions. Frequent angry outbursts, grief, and even holding in emotions can significantly increase your risk of heart attack.
Intense emotions trigger a cascade of physical reactions, including increases in stress hormones, heart rate, arterial tension, and blood pressure. This causes changes in blood flow that encourage blood clots and trigger inflammation. The best way to stay calm is to breathe deeply, hold for a count of 8, then release.
A positive outlook on life is highly important, decreasing your risk of heart attack or stroke by one-third. Optimistic people have lower risks of dying from any cause, compared to those who are highly pessimistic.