There are lots of things you can do to lower your risk for
coronary artery disease. Good habits, such as eating
right, getting regular exercise, and not smoking, all work for most people. But
many of the things you may hear about really don't work.
Hormone therapy. Doctors used to think that
hormone therapy could lower your risk of getting heart disease. But taking
estrogen with or without
progestin does not prevent
heart disease. In fact, if you are 10 or more years past
hormone therapy may raise your risk for heart
High-protein diets. These diets limit healthy foods such as
fruits and vegetables. And they don't include essential vitamins, minerals, and
fiber. The American Heart Association does not recommend
Vitamin E supplements. Vitamin E does not lower the risk of a heart attack or stroke. The American Heart Association does not recommend taking
vitamin E to reduce your risk. Instead, eat a balanced diet that includes
fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts.