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TAKE THIS:? If you have high cholesterol, the combined EPA and DHA fatty acids in fish oil lowers the odds of?heart disease by nearly 20 percent.? If you’ve already had a heart attack, it can reduce the chance of another by 15 to 30 percent. ?Healthy people should average about 500 milligrams a day by eating ?two ?fish meals? a week or taking a supplement.

TREAT THIS: Depression may be a factor in fatal heart attacks. A study showed that women who were depressed were twice as likely to experience fatal heart attacks. The need for counseling or treatment, or both, is important. Antidepressants such as sertraline and citalopram are least likely to interact with cardiac medications.

TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT THIS: ??Aspirin helps ward off heart attacks in men and strokes in women, but Aspirin also causes serious stomach bleeding. Men shouldn’t take aspirin as a preventive before age 45, women should wait until age 55. Both should stop at age 79; and no one should begin a?aspirin regiment?without talking to a doctor. If you do?take aspirin, use a lower dose for prevention: ??one low-dose (81 mg) aspirin daily or one regular (325 mg) aspirin every other day.

DO THIS: ?We know that?meditation can?help calm us and decreases blood pressure and plaque in arteries. Now it seems that meditation actually prevents heart attacks, strokes, and premature death in people with heart problems. Of 201 African Americans with cardiovascular disease, those who learned Transcendental Meditation were 47 percent less likely to have a heart attack, stroke or to die of any cause.

SUPPORT THIS: Smoking Bans. The Institute of Medicine reports that heart attack rates have dropped by as much as 47 percent in areas that prohibit smoking in public.

Also DO THIS:?A?certified Specialty Care Services home care nursing?professional can?assist?their patients?in remaining fit and?healthly.

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