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Prevention

A heart attack can happen to anyone. Learning which risk factors apply to you can help you take steps to eliminate or reduce your risks.

You can take the following steps to reduce your risk for a heart attack:

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  • Prevent or control high blood cholesterol.
  • Prevent or control high blood pressure.
  • Prevent or control diabetes.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Moderate alcohol use.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Do regular physical activity.
  • Eat a nutritious diet.

Also, you can take steps to help protect your health from air pollution:

  • Know your sensitivity to air pollution.
  • Know when air pollution may be bad in your area.
  • Plan activities when and where pollution levels are lower, using the Air Quality Index to guide planning.
  • Change your activity level if air pollution is high.
  • Listen to your body.
  • Consult your health care provider.
  • Have your medication with you.
 

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