Heart Attack

Lifestyle & Management

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

  • Eating a balanced, heart-healthy diet. This includes more fruits and vegetables but less red meat and processed food.
  • Exercising regularly (such as walking).
  • Quitting smoking, if you smoke.
  • Learning to manage stress with calming techniques and mindfulness.

A heart-healthy diet means:

  • Losing weight if you need to.
  • 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 information on living a heart-healthy lifestyle.


Last Updated July 2020