Answer: Many daily habits can improve your heart health and reduce your risk of having another heart attack. I recommend the following lifestyle changes: (1) Eat a heart-healthy diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol and rich in whole grains, fruit and vegetables. Add fish at least twice a week for Omega-3 fatty acids (2) Stop smoking (3) Exercise Regularly (4) Lose excess weight, even as little as 10 pounds can significantly reduce your risk (5) Manage your health conditions including diabetes and high blood pressure (6) Limit alcohol (7) Reduce your stress.

Andrew Maiolo, M.D.
LewisGale Physicians

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