Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Trilogy of Heart

There are several things that must be brought under control if you are going to survive your heart attack(s) (yes plural, many people have multiple attacks).

What you can easily control
  • diet
  • exercise
  • stress

These, I call the Trilogy of Heart.

What you can control, with difficulty

There are some other things that can be controlled but these are more difficulty and usually take much more time. These include . . .
  • poor blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • high blood pressure
  • smoking
  • diabetes (limited)
  • overweight
  • drinking alcohol
  • sleep apnea
  • metabolic syndrome

What can’t you control
  • age
  • gender
  • family history of heart disease
  • race & ethnicity
  • diabetes

You probably already know that to avoid another heart attack, you have to manage your lifestyle and likely change the things that caused you to have this one.  These changes will include the trilogy of diet, exercise and stress reduction. You will have to make changes. 

And, we will talk about these in a later post.

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