The extent of damage sustained by the heart during an MI depends on the severity and location of the blockage, and the speed at which medical treatment is received. Fortunately, there are many ways to prevent atherosclerosis, and to lower the risk for developing a heart attack.
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You can take some important steps to keep yourself healthy. Here are suggestions from the American Academy of Family Physicians:
Don't smoke or use any form of tobacco.
Eat a healthy diet.
Exercise regularly. Check with your health care provider before starting to exercise if you have been sedentary.
Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all.
Don't use illegal drugs.
Practice safe sex.
Use a seat belt when riding in any vehicle.
See your health care provider regularly for preventive care.