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5 ways to prevent a heart attack

May 01, 2020

These are the most effective ways to protect yourself.

f4316ca1-ec9b-41c5-9c98-333352425efeHere are some alarming statistics about heart attacks:

  • Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack.
  • Every year, about 805,000 Americans have heart attacks, 75% of which are first-time attacks.
  • The average age of a first heart attack among men: 65.

However, the most troubling fact about heart attacks is that many people don't take steps to protect themselves, says Dr. Deepak L. Bhatt, executive director of interventional cardiovascular programs at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital Heart & Vascular Center. "Reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease is the best way to guard against heart attacks," he says. "There are simple ways to do this, but unfortunately, many people still don't follow them as they should."

Here's a look at five ways you can protect yourself from cardiovascular disease, and thus possible heart attacks, and avoid being another statistic.

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