If simple changes in lifestyle are made, heart attacks can be reduced, state researchers. These 5 changes include, quitting smoking, eating more fruits and vegetables, walking for 40 minutes a day, cutting down on alcohol and losing the belly. The risk can be drastically lowered by this.
In a study of 20,271 men, it was found that 4 out of 5 attacks can be prevented if these 5 basic steps are taken. Even if 1 change is made, the risk can be reduced. However, if all 5 changes are made, the risk falls to 86 percent. If smoking is stopped the risk is cut down by 36 percent and if a healthy diet is followed, the risk is cut down by 8 percent.
If the waist measurement is less that 38in, the risk is reduced by 13 percent. At the same time, biking or walking for 40 minutes a day would cut it by 7 percent. The more the changes made by men, the greater is the risk.
For instance, if a healthy diet is eaten and if drinking is less, the risk is cut down by 35 percent. If exercising is done, healthy diet is followed and if drinking is reduced, the risk falls by 64 percent, as per the study that is published in Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
The researchers made calculations and stated that if these changes are made, 80 percent of heart attacks can be avoided.