Heart disease is a leading cause of death, so any small change you can make is worth it. Here’s a do and a don’t to help prevent a myocardial infarction (heart attack).
Eating Flavonoids was found in a long term study to reduce the risk of myocardial infarction. Specifically, eating anthocyanins which are found in red and blue fruits. The benefit was seen across other lifestyle factors like exercise and smoking. Just three servings of fruit like berries a week reduced the risk.
Previous studies have found other flavonoids also help to reduce the risk of myocardial infarction (coffee, chocolate, and tea also contain flavonoids).
Alternately, if you live in a city with a lot of smog, beware an increased risk of myocardial infarction on days where it’s thick, especially if ozone is present. The study confirms that air quality impacts heart health, and while it might not be feasible to move or get out on days of bad smog, you can be aware of the risk and take care of yourself.
Heart attack symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, pain in the arm (men) and pain across the back (women).
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