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Are You Headed Toward a Heart Attack?

By Sara Butler

Heart attacks are a scary possibility. For many people, they may seem to come out of nowhere and put their lives in extreme danger. When you have a heart attack, the muscles in your heart don't get enough blood so they become damaged. Getting help early if you're having a heart attack is the key to survival, but so is understanding if you're at risk for a heart attack in the first place.

There are many things you may be doing in everyday life that are making your chances of a heart attack even greater. It's important to understand how your daily habits can impact your health. Here are some of the things you may be doing that put you at higher risk for a heart attack.

You Eat Out Everyday

Eating out every once in a while isn't a bad thing. Eating out every day? You may want to rethink it for your heart health.

Restaurants offer choices that are generally unhealthy. The food comes in much larger portions than a person should eat at one sitting and are often filled with sodium, sugar, and even trans fats that are terrible for your heart.

You don't have to give up eating out all the time, but you should attempt to make food at home more often so you can control your portions as well as the ingredients. When you do eat out, choose healthier options when possible and watch your portion size.

You Don't Exercise

Exercise is key to keeping your heart healthy. If you're inactive, then you have a higher chance of having issues that can damage heart health such as high blood pressure or unhealthy body weight.

You don't have to train for an Ironman to be healthy, but you should try to do at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week. That adds up to about 2.5 hours spread over seven days which will have a big impact on your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and reduce risk factors for a heart attack.

You're Stressed Out All the Time

Stress is a part of life, there's simply no way to avoid it all the time. But the stress you do experience must be dealt with in order to keep you healthy -- including your heart.

Stress can increase your risk of a heart attack. That's because your body's response to stress makes your blood pressure go up, one of the biggest risk factors for a heart attack. Find ways to deal with stress every day by taking time for yourself and doing an activity you enjoy. It can make a big difference.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Bossier City, La.

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