Coronary Artery Disease (Heart Attack)

Lifestyle & Management

The main steps to preventing and managing coronary artery disease are:

  • Eating a balanced, heart-healthy diet. This includes more fruits and vegetables. A heart-healthy diet means eating less red meat and processed food (like potato chips, sugared cereals, and candy).
  • Exercising regularly (such as walking).
  • Quitting smoking, if you smoke.
  • Learning to manage stress with calming techniques and mindfulness.
  • Losing weight if recommended by your healthcare provider.
  • Lowering high cholesterol by limiting fat intake, especially saturated fats.
  • Maintaining a balance between good” HDL and bad” LDL cholesterol. 

The Prevention section provides easy-to-follow steps for living a heart-healthy lifestyle.


Last Updated February 2023

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