6 Astonishing Ways to Prevent Heart Attacks

There are some obvious ways to maintain a healthy heart such as keeping a healthy diet, being physically active and not smoking. Huffingtonpost.com collected 6 astonishing tips for avoiding a heart attack.

1. Recognize and look for treatment for depression

Major depression is an episode of sadness and/or loss of interest in life along with other symptoms (insomnia, excessive sleep, persistent pains, radical changes in appetite) that lasts minimum 2 consecutive weeks and is severe enough to interrupt daily activities. Doctors are note sure what causes depression, but altered brain structure and chemical function can play a role. Women are twice as likely to develop depression as men.

Depression, stress and heart disease often go hand in hand.

2. Get a hobby, find inspiration

Leisure activities increase your happiness, ease stress, reduce blood pressure and heart rate.

3. Socialize

Focus on something positive, socialize, move out of the house.

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4. Find the optimal sleep duration

The ideal nightly sleep time is seven to eight hours. More sleep may be explained by drinking too much alcholol, working too hard or having depression. All of these are risk factors of hypertension. Less sleep may be explained by sleep disorder or a highly driven personality, in both cases you have a higher incidence of heart disease and high blood pressure.

5. Get a flu vaccine

If you get the flu vaccine you will have a 36 percent lower risk of having a major cardiac event next year. Flue causes inflammation and great stress to your body, which may trigger a heart attack.

6. Believe

Spirituality, being part of an organized religion will help you to dissolve isolation and it is good for your heart. Religious people understand that there is a higher purpose of life, therefore they don't stress and overreact.

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