5 Behaviors That Could Prevent A Heart Attack
It’s easy to think of cardiac arrest as something that comes out of nowhere, making it an experience that’s totally unpredictable. Yet while we can’t know exactly when a heart attack will occur, that doesn’t mean we aren’t gaining greater intelligence about the risk factors that influence whether a person will have a heart attack.
In fact, a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests that when we combine five healthy behaviors to keep these risks at bay, 80% of men may avoid heart attacks.
These behaviors include:
- Drinking only in moderation
- Eliminating smoking
- Exercising regularly
- Keeping weight under control
- Maintaining a healthy diet
We know you’re probably thinking, “Sure, I’ve heard of most of those before.” True. But rarely have we been able to get a better defined look at the true impact of what happens when we combine aspects of a healthier lifestyle. So when researchers monitored over 20,000 men between 45-79 years old over the course of 12 years, they found only 1% of those men practiced all five healthy behaviors. And among that group? Only three had an incident of cardiac arrest.
Healthier Workplaces Can Help
Let’s face it. We spend so much of our day in a certain workplace that it’s practically impossible for that culture not to have some kind of influence on our health. Some ideas for how your environment can help include…
- A smoking cessation program
- A program that encourages friendly competition among co-workers to lose weight
- A partnership with a local gym that provides company employees with a special rate
- A cafeteria menu that offers nutritional options or even vending machines that at least have healthy snacks in the mix
Be ready to act when it matters most: CPR Training
Even with all the preventative measures one can take, we still have to account for heredity and other factors outside of your control that may lead to a heart attack. That’s why our CPR Training program from SOS Technologies is a great way to prepare up to 10 employees at a time on how to spot the warning signs of cardiac arrest and stroke in adults and children. An American Heart Association certificate is awarded to all participants who complete the course. To learn how to get started, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1.888.705.6100.