Five Steps That Men Can Take to Avert a Heart Attack

September 22, 2014 7:58 PM

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Five Steps That Men Can Take to Avert a Heart Attack

Men who take just five healthy steps can reduce their odds of a heart attack by four-fifths, but just 1 percent of men do so on their own, according to new research published Monday. The steps are nothing secret: They are not smoking, drinking moderately, exercising daily, eating a healthy diet and keeping the belly in check. "It is not surprising that healthy lifestyle choices would lead to a reduction in heart attacks," said Agneta Akesson of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, who led the study. "What is surprising is how drastically the risk dropped due to these factors."

Her team studied 20,000 Swedish men for 11 years and found that not smoking lowered the risk of heart attack the most. The men who didn’t smoke lowered their risk by 36 percent, and men who walked or cycled for at least 40 minutes per day and did other exercise at least one hour per week had a 3 per...

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