Lifestyle Changes for Heart Attack Prevention

Updated:Mar 9,2015

Woman Eating AppleSounds simple doesn't it? Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death in the United States. One reason these statistics are fact is undeniably a lack of commitment to a heart-healthy lifestyle. Your lifestyle is not only your best defense against heart disease and stroke, it's also your responsibility. A heart-healthy lifestyle includes the ideas listed below. By following these simple steps you can reduce all of the modifiable risk factors for heart disease, heart attack and stroke.

Lifestyle Changes

If you smoke, quit. If someone in your household smokes, encourage them to quit. We know it's tough. But it's tougher to recover from a heart attack or stroke or to live with chronic heart disease. Commit to quit. We're here to help if you need it.

Visit our Quitting Smoking website for plans, tips and tools to help you quit

Learn about major risk factors that can't be changed.


This content was last reviewed on 10/20/2012.

"Listen up. Get your blood pressure to a healthy range before I quit."



Is your heart trying to tell you something? High blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart attack, heart failure, vision loss, kidney disease and more. Get your blood pressure to a healthy range. Find out how at heart.org/bloodpressure.

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