Simple Tricks to Avoid a "Deadly" Heart Attack

Heart disease remains the #1 cause of death in America, according to the CDC, with 655,381 dying from it yearly.

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Moderate Your Stress Levels

"Stress hormones can cause an increase in  cortisol which causes an increase in visceral fat (fat around your  organs) which directly impacts heart health,"

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Avoid Toxins

"Chemicals in processed foods,  pesticides, alcohol, nicotine, recreational drugs, and sweeteners all  put strain on the cardiovascular system,"

Pay Attention to Your Blood Sugar

"Increased blood sugar is where it starts  (leads to oxidative damage to arteries, endothelial dysfunction,  hypertension, and eventually plague and cholesterol buildup/blockages,"

Get a Good Night's Sleep

"Always allow enough time to sleep 8 – 9 hours each night,"

Push Away From the Table

"Keep track of your eating habits to see if you are eating out of boredom or to ease stress."


"The best exercise for your heart is the exercise you will actually do,"

Drink Coffee

"Fortunately, coffee is still OK and even somewhat protective for heart disease and diabetes,"

Don't Forget About Your Vitamins

"The most important dietary stress  leading to heart disease is a deficiency of B12 and folate. A deficit in  either of these causes an increase in the cellular waste product  homocysteine,"

Limit Sodium

"For packaged foods, the nutrition fact  panel may be useful in identifying lower sodium products, and for menu  items, diners can request sodium content information,"

Don't Smoke

"Over time, smoking contributes to  atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in arteries) and increases your risk of  having and dying from heart disease, heart failure, or a heart attack,"

Avoid Heavy Alcohol Drinking

"Regular or high alcohol use can hurt your heart and lead to diseases of the heart muscle, called cardiomyopathy,"