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15 Things You Can Do to Avoid a Heart Attack

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2. Reduce Stress

Studies have noted a link between high levels of stress and an increased likelihood of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Chronic stress increases your blood pressure and heart rate. This can ultimately damage arterial walls. People under stress are also more likely to eat an unhealthy diet, be obese, smoke, and drink excess alcohol. Consider adding some of the following techniques to your lifestyle to reduce your stress:

• Sign up for a yoga or meditation class.
• Develop a strong social network of friends with whom you can share your problems and concerns.
• Engage in activities like volunteering for a favorite charity that help you focus on others instead of your problems.
• Set aside dedicated time each day after work to do something fun to help you relax and unwind.

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