As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of medicine. Certainly you would never want to experience a heart attack nor would you ever want anyone you love to have one either. At any rate, there are things in life you can control and one of those things includes your body. These guidelines ought to boost your survival rate when a heart attack strikes.
- Take aspirin. If it seems that you or a person is suspected of having a heart attack, make that person drink two strong aspirins right away. Aspirin is known to thin the blood and should thus help the blood in the body flow more smoothly.
- Eliminate stress. Your blood pressure shoots up when you are stressed. When you are upset, frustrated or generally feeling bad, suppressing these emotions will not make them go away. They will pile up and resurface to possible mental or emotional breakdown. Acknowledge your feelings. Learn how to control them and understand what causes them. Express your feelings in a proper manner. Accept that you and the people around you are not perfect; this should lower your stress levels and blood pressure.
- Have a healthy diet. Have light meals at night. Your food intake will not be burned as quickly since you are getting ready to sleep and will barely be mobilizing your body. In order to reduce cholesterol, take more spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, lemon, carrots, garlic and onions. These fight damage from free radicals. Antioxidants from fruits and vegetables also help rid the body of free radicals and toxins. Take multivitamin tablets daily.
- Get enough rest. You have only one heart and you should take care of it. Have at least 8 hours of sleep daily. When a long day wears you out, make sure you do something that will relax you before going to bed so you don’t end up tossing and turning. Lack of sleep will produce higher blood pressure.
- Exercise regularly. Low levels of activity cause obesity. Your body needs activity so your heart pumps at a good pace to have the blood properly circulate around your body.
- Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol excessively. You inhale more than 20 toxins with every puff from a cigarette and some or most of these toxins are carcinogenic. The labels on the cigarette pack already give you fair warning. Inordinate alcohol consumption makes for a weak liver. Having a glass of red wine at night after dinner reduces the probability of heart ailments. It is also said to decrease chances of strokes and has a positive effect on cholesterol and also against atherosclerosis.
The number one enemy to defeat is usually stress. Stress really attacks the heart. So learn that life is as easy as you make it. You may not be able to control what you have to go through but how you go through it is up to you. And remember to always have your annual medical check-up to see possible problem areas.