Heart Failure Prevention
- What It Is
- Risk Factors
- Living With
- User Questions
- Alternative Treatment
- Care Guide
- Questions for Your Doctor
- When to Contact a Doctor
- Find a Doctor
- Resource Guide
How to Prevent Heart Failure
The best way to prevent heart failure is to reduce your risk of:
- Coronary artery disease
- High blood pressure
Take these steps to reduce your risk:
- Begin a safe exercise program with the advice of your doctor.
- If you smoke, quit.
- Limit alcohol.
- Lose weight if needed. Once you have lost weight, maintain a healthy weight.
- Eat a healthy diet. The DASH diet , in particular, may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and heart failure, particularly in women. The DASH diet is:
- Rich in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy foods
- Low in saturated fat, total fat, and cholesterol
- Eat whole grain breakfast cereal. In addition to the other healthy habits, this may reduce your risk.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright ©2013 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved. Source: EBSCO