Coronary Artery Disease - Prevention
You can slow or even prevent
coronary artery disease by taking steps toward a
healthier lifestyle. Many people already have. More people are adopting healthy
habits such as eating right, exercising more, and not smoking. Doing these
things can also help reduce risk factors such as
high cholesterol and
high blood pressure.
Control your cholesterol and blood pressure
To reduce your risk of heart disease, it's
control your cholesterol and
manage your blood pressure. Quitting smoking, changing
the way you eat, and getting more exercise can help. But if these things don't
work, you may need to take medicines as well. For more information, see:
- High Cholesterol: Should I Take Statins?
- High Blood Pressure: Should I Take Medicine?
Aspirin to prevent heart attack and stroke
If you're already at risk
for heart disease, taking daily
aspirin may reduce your chances of having a stroke or
a heart attack. That's because a daily aspirin lowers your risk of getting
blood clots. Blood clots can lead to a heart attack in people with heart
disease. Clots can also cause heart attacks in people who have other problems
that can lead to heart disease, such as
high blood pressure, and
Taking aspirin has
some risks. Talk with your doctor before starting aspirin treatment. For more
- Aspirin: Should I Take Daily Aspirin to Prevent a Heart Attack or Stroke?
Manage stress and get help for depression.