by Clare Wassermann
Whilst it’s important to ensure that life style changes and alternative treatments do not interfere with your medication, they can improve your heart health and reduce the risk of heart attacks
Alternative treatments are not suitable during a heart attack situation and as this is a life-threatening situation, symptoms must be treated swiftly by trained medical providers.
The following three methods may be used to reduce the risk of heart attack and can be part of a plan after experiencing heart attack.
A healthy diet is so important for heart health and is crucial for preventing coronary artery disease and heart attacks. You need a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins to maintain a healthy heart. Avoid processed foods and those that are high in fat and sugar.
Eat omega-3 fatty acids at least twice a week which reduces the risk of heart disease. These fats are found in fish such as:
Be aware of fatty acid supplements if you have a bleeding disorder or take drugs like warfarin or aspirin which interfere with blood clotting.
2. Regular Exercise
Exercise is important for heart health and helps lower blood pressure, cholesterol and controls weight. It’s also a stress buster and we know that stress affects the likelihood of heart attack.
Recent studies show that meditation helps to reduce stress and lower blood pressure. There are several types of meditation including:
- tai ch’i
- mindfulness meditation
- mantra meditation
- guided meditation
- gentle breath work
Contact me if you would like some simple online or in person lessons in meditation – I am a qualified teacher.
It’s important to remember that alternative treatments should not be used if you are experiencing heart attack symptoms – please call for an ambulance.
There are many simple lifestyle changes you can make to prevent heart attacks and have a healthy life after a heart attack.
contact me if you would like help with meditation techniques in an online session
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