According to the World Health Organization, heart disease is the leading cause of death in almost every developed country. Ischemic heart disease and stroke (the two most deadly forms of heart disease) killed more than 15 million people in 2016, globally.
Ischemic heart disease is the main cause of heart attack. This cardiac disease occurs when plaque (atherosclerosis) builds up in an important blood vessel and clogs the arteries that carry blood, nutrients, and oxygen to your heart. Eventually, this will decrease or completely stop blood flow to a part of the heart, damaging the heart muscle and provoking a heart attack.
Heart disease prevention is ultimately an individual responsibility. If you commit to a healthy and active lifestyle, the odds of keeping a healthy heart for long years are clearly in your favor. Here’s how you can prevent a heart attack with 8 lifestyle changes.