10 Simple Lifestyle Changes That Decrease Your Risk of Heart Attack & Stroke

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, “An estimated 1.6 million Canadians are living with heart disease or the effects of a stroke.” That said, up to 80 percent of heart disease and stroke can be prevented by making simple lifestyle changes.


  • Get sufficient exercise and engage in activities that involve large muscle groups in order to increase strength and endurance such as swimming, walking and yoga.


  • Reduce the sugar, trans fats, salt as well as processed and high cholesterol foods in your diet.


  • Instead, maintain a diet rich in healthy fats, such as nuts, fish and avocados, vegetables, fiber, calcium, omega 3 and calcium.


  • Manage your stress in a healthy way, using methods such as meditation and regular exercise¬†to lower stress levels.


  • Get sufficient sleep, ideally six to eight hours a day.


  • Quit smoking.


  • If you do not smoke, avoid instances where you will be surrounded by people who are smoking.


  • Limit your alcohol consumption to one drink a day, maximum.


  • Keep your weight in check, which minimizes the imminent risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes.


  • Learn how to identify high blood pressure, or consult with a doctor, and then take steps to manage it.


Written by Zakiya Kassam

Zakiya Kassam

Zakiya is a freelance writer/editor based out of Toronto.

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