Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) remains the number one killer in the United States, but you have the power to prevent a heart attack and maybe save your life. A new Swedish study shows simple lifestyle changes reduce heart attack risk by 80 percent.
Making 4 simple changes benefits men and women of all ages. And they don’t require medication, surgery or expensive equipment to do.
Scientists based at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm looked back at information retrieved in questionnaires from more than 20,000 healthy men for just over a decade.
The researchers found strong links between the incidence of heart attack and five behavioral traits.
Results showed that the healthiest of all the participants were those who:
Ate a heart-healthy diet
Had small waistlines (maintained a healthy weight)
Did not smoke
Specifically, the healthiest men walked or cycled for at least 40 minutes a day. They also exercised at least one hour a week and had waist measurements below 37.5 inches.
The heart-healthy diets were high in fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, reduced-fat dairy products, whole grains.
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