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Avoiding A Heart Attack After 50

Jul 11, 2016 01:41PM ● Published by Dia

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By Jeffrey Peebles, M.D. – Southlake Medical Director, Complete Care

Learning how to avoid a heart attack after 50 isn't really much different than earlier years in life, save for the fact that it's time to take things more seriously than ever. Heart attack prevention lies primarily around eating the rights types of foods, staying physically active, avoiding cigarette smoke and minimizing alcohol intake.

Replace Refined Carbohydrates and Sugars With Vegetables

Contrary to popular belief, the foods that are most damaging to the cardiovascular system are actually the processed grains and sugars contained in the vast majority of packaged foods today. A diet high in refined carbohydrates and sugar in any form will raise your insulin levels, leading to damage of your blood vessels. By replacing packaged foods and bread stuffs with a variety of colorful vegetables, you'll be taking a huge step to prevent a heart attack at any age.

Eat High Quality Fats and Proteins Daily

High quality sources of fats including avocados, olive oil, coconut oil, grass fed organic butter, and a variety of nuts have regained much of their status as health foods in recent years. Oily fish including wild caught salmon and mackerel, as well as fish oil and krill oil supplements, have been shown to help avoid a heart attack after 50 by balancing omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acid ratios in the diet and providing high quality protein. By including one or more sources of these fats and proteins in your meals every day, you'll be giving your heart the fuel it needs to stay healthy.

Get Physically Active

Regular physical activity is one of the most important steps to maintaining a healthy heart; something as simple as a brisk daily walk for half an hour can go a long way to prevent a heart attack. Maintaining a healthy waist circumference is also important to avoid a heart attack after 50, and naturally, exercise will help keep you trim around the middle. Choose whatever type of exercise feels best to you; the most important thing is that you simply get physically active for at least 30 minutes every day even if it is just a walk with your dog.

Avoiding Cigarette Smoke and Minimize Alcohol Intake

If you haven't done so already, quitting smoking is a critical component to avoid a heart attack after 50. Stay away from second hand smoke whenever possible as well. Although some studies have linked the consumption of small amounts of red wine with a lowered risk of heart attack, other types of alcohol are clearly best avoided or minimized after 50 to help prevent heart attack.

If you are experiencing any signs of a heart attack or any other medical emergency the experts at Complete Care can help. We have Emergency Room locations across Texas, contact us online to learn more. 

 Dr. Jeffrey Peebles, M.D. has an extensive amount of experience in delivering advanced emergency care. He is board certified with the American Board of Emergency Medicine, and a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians/Texas College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Peebles is committed to providing timely, affordable and high-quality medical care to the Southlake community.

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