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To reduce your risk of a future heart attack, make lifestyle changes and get treatment for these risk factors:
Set a quit date within the next month.
Ask your health care provider to help quitting smoking.
Avoid secondhand smoke.
Take cholesterol medications as directed.
Choose heart healthy foods that are low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Aim for 150 minutes or more of exercise each week.
Take blood pressure medications as directed.
Reduce your sodium intake to 1,500 mg, or as directed.
Achieve or maintain a healthy body weight.
Work with your health care provider to plan a healthy diet.
Use a log to track your eating and activity habits.
Take diabetes medications or insulin as instructed.
Test blood sugar as directed.
Take a diabetes education class.
Stay in touch with family and friends.
Consider starting counseling or joining a support group.
Aim for 150 minutes of exercise or more each week.
Work with a health care provider to create an exercise program.
Join a cardiac rehab program.
Encourage family members and friends to make changes with you. This supports you and benefits them, as well.
Don’t try too much too soon. Get comfortable with one change before tackling another.
If you’re discouraged, focus on how good you’ll feel once you’ve made a change.
Reward yourself when you’ve successfully made a change. Treat yourself to a meal at your favorite restaurant or buy that new book or pair of shoes you wanted.
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