15 Things You Can Do to Avoid a Heart Attack

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13. Follow Your Treatment Regimen

If you have been diagnosed with any condition that increases your cardiovascular risks, make sure you follow your doctor’s directions as closely as possible. If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, try setting reminders in your phone or purchasing an electronic pill organizer that will notify you if you miss a dose. If you find it difficult to incorporate healthy lifestyle changes into your routine, try setting incremental goals. For example, try walking 30 minutes a day for three days a week and build up from there. If you struggle with making healthy diet choices, try making one positive change per meal. For example, swap out semolina pasta for whole wheat pasta or order a side salad instead of fries.

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