Dr. Kayode Sotonwa Shares 5 Tips to Lower Risk of a Heart Attack or Stroke
Dr. Kayode Sotonwa says that many conditions, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, atrial fibrillation, or diabetes, increase your chance of having a heart attackor stroke. Take action today to lower your chances.
1. Exercise a little each day.
Moderate exercise lowers your risk of heart attack by 30% to 50%. Aim for 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least 5 days a week. On the other 2 days, strength train. If it’s too much, break it into small chunks, and build up your time. Try a 15-minute walk in the morning and another before lunch.
2. Set a reasonable goal for weight loss.
If you’re overweight or obese, you don’t have to get thin to reduce your risk for heart attack and stroke. Losing 5% to 10% of your weightimproves cholesterol and lowers your blood pressure and blood sugar.
3. Take your heart medicine.
One study found that 130,000 Americans die every year because they don’t take heart medicines the way their doctor told them. Figure out what keeps you from taking your medicine — such as side effects, cost, or forgetfulness – and ask your doctor for help.
4. Eat well.
Make the effort to follow a healthy diet and you could lower your risk of heart disease by 25%. Fill your plate with a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, and lean meats.
5. Drink some alcohol, but not too much.
If you’re already a drinker, the good news is any type of alcohol helps your heart. Too much alcohol, though, raises your risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and symptoms from atrial fibrillation. To get the benefit without the risk, limit alcohol to one drink if you’re a woman and two if you’re a man.