Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties
148 Doctors Online

By proceeding, I accept the Terms and Conditions

Dr. Andrew Rynne
MD
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

HCM Blog Instant Access to Doctors
HCM BlogQuestions Answered
HCM Blog Satisfaction

How to avoid heart attacks?

Answered by
Dr.
Dr. Sukhvinder Singh

Cardiologist

Practicing since :1998

Answered : 1306 Questions

default
Posted on Tue, 8 Jul 2014 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
Question: Dear Doctor,

I have a very strong family history of heart attacks and dibetes. My father passed away at the age of 38 due to a strong heart attack and my uncles, and cousin brothers too have heart problems and diebetes.

I have read on internet that below are the main reasons for heart attack:
1) Family History.
2) Overweight.
3) No exercise.
4) Smoking.
5) Diebetes.
6) Lot of stress.

To avoid heart trouble, I jogg daily for 2 km in 15 mins, changed my profession to one which has very less stress, controlling my weight, no smoking and limiting my sugar intake in food. I also stopped eating non-veg or any fried oily substances.

What else can be done to avoid or reduce any chance or heart attacks or diebetes?
doctor
Answered by Dr. Sukhvinder Singh 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Please see below.

Detailed Answer:
Dear Sir
Not everything is known about the mechanism and risk factors of anginal heart disease and heart attacks. However there are some recommended preventive measures.
1 Do not smoke.
2. If you have diabetes and high blood pressure, keep it under control as per guidelines.
3. Maintain ideal weight. For Asians ideal body mass index is 23.
4. Keep your cholesterol under normal limits. Avoid fried food, saturated fats and sweets.
5. Do regular exercise. Aim for cardiovascular fitness is to do brisk walking for at least 45 minutes a day at ~ speed of 7 km /hour. This is the goal and should be supervised.
6. Maintain stress free life style.
7. Eat lot of fruits and vegetables. Avoid processed / refined food.
Out of these weight control and daily exercise are helpful in avoiding diabetes. The hereditary effect on occurrence of diabetes is much stronger than for anginal heart disease. 25% of patients with anginal heart disease/ heart attack do not have any traditional risk factor. A number of novel or non-conventional risk factors like lipoprotein-A, CRP, homocysteine has been proposed but none has find favor with our governing bodies. Neither any supplements have been recommended for same.
Hope this helps. Feel free to discuss further.
Sincerely
Sukhvinder
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
doctor
premium_optimized

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions ,   ,  
Lab Tests
Medical Topics

Recent questions on  Overweight

doctor1 MD

I am currently using androgel because recent blood tests indicated low t level. I have this rechecked to make sure the results were accurate. I...

doctor1 MD

I am a male, 33 years old with no known health issues. I am in decent shape and not overweight but my belly button has been protruding more and...

doctor1 MD

I am taking glycomet Sr 1gm daily.....I have Pecos problem n I have type 2diabetes...which is low now....but I think instead of losing weight as am...

doctor1 MD

I have a new heart rate monitor. I am about 20 lbs overweight and have started spinning/biking class. I love it and feel great- my average heart...

doctor1 MD

I HAVE HAD HYPOTHYROIDISM FOR WHAT SEEMS LIKE FOREVER. I HAVE GONE TO MANY DIFFERENT DOCTORS AND ALL THEY DO IS GO BACK AND FORTH WITH THE DOSAGE...

doctor1 MD

Hi I have chest pain after I eat or when I lay down and it's so painful them my neck starts throbbing and I went to the er the other night and they...

doctor1 MD

I developed a rush on my penis Can you recommend a cream that would be affective for that?