According to experts, you can control most heart attack risk factors, like cholesterol, blood pressure, physical activity, diet, and smoking. Unfortunately, a lot of people arenít doing their part to stay heart-healthy. In fact, heart attacks are on the rise, even among people in their early 20s! And prevention is crucial, because 23% of people die within a year of having their first heart attack. So, hereís how to prevent a heart attack, and how to survive one:
First, talk to your doctor about your cholesterol and blood pressure numbers. Experts say that one-third of the people with problem-levels donít know theyíre in danger.
Next: Quit smoking. Within a year after stopping, youíll cut your risk of a heart attack in half.
Also: Get more exercise! Even a brisk 10-minute walk every day cuts your risk of a heart attack in half.
Another heart-healthy tip: No matter how much you exercise, spending more than 4 hours a day sitting doubles your risk of serious heart problems. And raises your risk to that of a smoker. So, get up and move around every 30 minutes.
Get to the hospital within an hour of the first heart attack symptoms. Most heart attack sufferers wait an average of 3 hours, which dramatically lowers their chances of survival.
And donít drive yourself to the hospital, call 911. Why? Because you need treatment ASAP, and the paramedics can start treating you the moment they arrive.