Healthy lifestyle key to cutting heart attacks in men

23 September 2014        

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Almost four out of five heart attacks in men could be prevented by leading a healthier lifestyle according to a new study.

Researchers studied the behaviour patterns of over 20,000 Swedish men over 11 years to see how their lifestyle choices impacted their risk of a heart attack.

The findings showed men who didn’t smoke, maintained a healthy weight, ate a well-balanced diet, exercised more than 40 minutes a day and had a moderate alcohol intake were less likely to have heart attack than those who didn’t.

The authors of the study suggest 79 per cent of heart attacks in men could be prevented if all five healthy behaviours are observed.

Maureen Talbot, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: “Most heart attacks are caused by coronary heart disease, which is a largely preventable condition. That’s why it’s important we’re all aware of the health risks our lifestyles can lead to. 

“This study provides even more evidence that stopping smoking, increasing your physical activity, keeping your weight down and eating a balanced diet is the way to a healthy heart.

“If you’re over 40, make sure to visit your GP for a free heart health check but do get checked out sooner if you are having symptoms.”

Find out more about how to stay heart healthy by signing up to the British Heart Foundation’s Heart Matters service at bhf.org.uk/heartmatters.