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7 Ways to prevent a Heart Attack

7 Ways to prevent a Heart Attack
One can take the necessary steps to prevent a heart attack at any point of time; it does not necessarily have to be only if he’s already had an attack before. The uses of drugs and medicines play an important role in the prevention of a second heart attack, and have contributed to proper functioning of the heart in the long run. A person’s lifestyle is also crucial which contributes in a big way to the prevention and recovery from a heart attack. Choosing a healthy lifestyle is not only an important way of recovery but also a way to prevent further heart attacks.

Ways to Prevent a Heart Attack

No Smoking

If one needs to be safe from a heart attack, he needs to keep away from smoking. Smoking can be deleterious to health, and mainly harm the functioning of the heart. A person who has experienced a heart attack before needs to be more than careful in this aspect. If he continues to smoke, his life can be at a great risk. For people who have the habit of smoking regularly, it’s very difficult to quit doing so. In such cases, they need to consult the doctor for an effective treatment that would help get rid of the addiction.

Controlling Cholesterol Level

A high level of cholesterol can also be a reason for heart attacks. One needs to get a blood test done periodically, to ensure proper level of cholesterol is maintained in the body. If the levels are high, the physician may suggest some changes to the diet, and also some medicaments which would control it and keep it to an acceptable level, thus maintaining cardiovascular health.

Undergoing Regular Medical Examinations

If one undergoes regular health checkups, he would be well-informed about various factors which are present in his body that may lead to heart attacks, like high blood pressure and diabetes. The disorders which lead to attacks and have no early symptoms also can be diagnosed. If there are traces and possibilities of such disorders, the physician can take necessary measures which would prevent later complications.

Maintaining a Healthy Weight

There is an exertion on the heart if the body is overweight. It can further lead to high levels of cholesterol, hypertension, and diabetes, which are the primary reasons of heart attacks. Losing weight can certainly make the body fit and free from the risk of heart attacks.

Stress Management

Nowadays, due to work pressure and busy life schedules, people are unknowingly putting unnecessary stress on their minds and body, which also is a reason for heart attacks. They need to plan their daily activities in a way that won’t put stress and burden on their mind and body.

Healthy Diet

If the food one eats contains sufficient amounts of saturated fats and cholesterol, it may cause the arteries to become narrow and damage them. A diet which is rich in sodium can also raise the blood pressure level and prove harmful for the health of an individual. Consult the family doctor regarding the nutrients to be added while preparing everyday meals. Eating sufficient fruits and vegetables can also help prevent heart attacks, as they contain antioxidants which help preclude daily wear and tear of the coronary arteries.

Regular Physical Exercise

Daily physical exercise helps meliorate the functions of the heart’s muscles. It has been included as a significant part in cardiac rehabilitation treatment. It also serves as a weight, cholesterol, hypertension, and diabetes controller. The exercise need not be strenuous, but should definitely be regular. A half-hour walk daily can certainly serve the needed purpose.

These are a few steps that need to be taken to prevent heart attacks. If one has already experienced a heart attack in the past, he needs to obligatorily ensure that his lifestyle is not creating possibilities of a heart attack in the future.

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Cereal Benefits

Why are whole grains so good? They contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and hundreds of other phytonutrients.44 They also contain fiber. Each individual nutrient offers important benefits, but together they perform in even more powerful ways than they do individually.44-45

For these reasons and more, the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans advises: “Consuming at least 3 or more ounce-equivalents of whole grains per day can reduce the risk of several chronic diseases and may help with weight maintenance. Thus, daily intake of at least 3 ounce-equivalents of whole grains per day is recommended by substituting whole grains for refined grains.” 46

Extensive research has been done on the health benefits of whole grain. The science shows that eating whole grains as part of a healthy diet may help:
The vast majority
of whole grains –
about 57 percent –
are consumed
at breakfast.43 Protect heart health
Studies show whole grains may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.26

Manage weight
People who eat more whole grains have healthier body weights and are more successful at maintaining their ideal weight over time.27-29

Reduce cancer risk
Studies suggest that whole grains may be especially effective in reducing the risk of cancers of the stomach and colon.30-33

Reduce diabetes risk
Whole grains may help manage healthy blood glucose and insulin levels.34-42

Reductil, three other weight loss drugs suspended

Reductil, three other weight loss drugs suspended

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) is suspending the sale of sibutramine products in Singapore with effect from today.

Sibutramine is marketed under four different brands in Singapore – Reductil®, Ectiva®, Reduxade® (all by Abbott) and Slenfig® (Apotheca Marketing). It was licensed for use in Singapore in 2001 as an adjunctive therapy to diet and exercise for obesity and for overweight patients.

The decision to suspend the sale of these products came about after HSA consulted its Pharmacovigilance Advisory Committee (PVAC) and a panel of external experts in metabolic diseases and cardiology about the risks and benefits of the drug.

From a benefit-risk assessment of the drug, HSA concluded that the increased cardiovascular risk of sibutramine outweighed the modest weight loss (up to 2.4 kg) seen in patients.

HSA’s decision also took into consideration the findings from the Sibutramine Cardiovascular Outcomes (SCOUT) study, the use of the product in Singapore, and developments in other international jurisdictions.

The SCOUT study was a large study designed to evaluate the cardiovascular safety after the long-term use of sibutramine in patients who had a history of heart disease and/or type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.

The study has shown a moderate increased risk of serious cardiovascular events associated with sibutramine use in patients with pre-existing heart disease.

It also demonstrated that the increased cardiovascular risk of sibutramine outweighed the modest efficacy seen.

Following the preliminary results of the SCOUT study in early 2010, HSA had updated healthcare professionals in January 2010 on the cardiovascular risks associated with the use of sibutramine and advised healthcare professionals not to prescribe the drug to patients with a history of heart disease.

In Singapore, all four sibutramine products are not allowed for use in patients with a history of cardiovascular problems such as coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, tachycardia, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, arrhythmia, stroke and inadequately controlled hypertension.

To date, HSA has received three non-serious cardiovasular-related adverse reaction reports that were associated with the use of sibutramine. All three patients had recovered following the discontinuation of the use of sibutramine products.

With the suspension of sales of sibutramine, doctors have been advised not to prescribe sibutramine to new patients.

Patients who have been prescribed sibutramine are advised to consult their doctors for a review of their therapy.

Patients should also consult their doctors if they experience cardiovascular-related side effects such as increased heart rate, irregular heartbeat, or any other discomforts after taking sibutramine.

Earlier this month, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended against the continued use of sibutramine as the drug may pose unnecessary cardiovascular risks to patients.

Prior to that, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) had decided to suspend the marketing of sibutramine throughout Europe until additional data becomes available.

Abbott Laboratories (Singapore) Pte Ltd has set up a telephone hotline to handle any enquiries related to this suspension of sales at Tel: 6277 6310 from 9am to 5pm (Monday to Sunday).

Irish Diet

An Irishman was terribly overweight, so his doctor put him on a diet.

‘I want you to eat regularly for 2 days, then skip a day, then eat regularly again for 2 days then skip a day …… And repeat this procedure for 2 weeks.

The next time I see you, you should have lost at least 5 pounds.’

When the Irishman returned, he shocked the doctor by having lost nearly 60lbs!

‘Why, that’s amazing!’ the doctor said, ‘Did you follow my instructions?’

The Irishman nodded …
‘I’ll tell you though, by jaesuz, I t’aut I were going to drop dead on dat 3rd day.’

‘From the hunger, you mean?’ asked the doctor.

‘No, from the f**kin’ skippin’!.