Heart attacks – the 85p fruit you should eat every day to prevent deadly heart attacks
Heart attacks are serious medical emergencies that require immediate treatment, according to the NHS. The condition, which is also known as a myocardial infarction, is caused by the blood supply to the heart becoming reduced. You may be increasing your chances of a heart attack if you eat an unhealthy diet, or if you don’t do enough exercise. But you could lower your risk of a myocardial infarction by regularly eating avocado, it’s been claimed.
Eating avocado could help to prevent deadly heart attacks, according to Australian charity, Heart Foundation.
The fruit has powerful antioxidants and a number of vitamins that make it a very healthy snack, it said.
They also contain plenty of healthy fats could contribute to lowering your heart disease risk, while improving your overall health.
“By eating avocados regularly you are giving your body a lot of what it needs be at its best,” it said.
“The avocado is full of powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and cholesterol-reducing phytosterols, and beneficial levels of dietary fibre.
“Avocados are one of the few fruits that are also a healthy fat food.
“A 50g serving [or a quarter of an avocado] contains just 6g of total fat, that’s around the same amount of fat as in a teaspoon of cooking oil. Avocados are particularly rich in healthy monounsaturated fats.
“A healthy varied diet high in fruits and vegetables, such as avocado, has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and contribute to good heart health.”
You could also lower your chances of having a heart attack by regularly eating nuts, it’s been claimed.
Nuts are high in unsaturated fats, while being low in saturated fats – the perfect combination to avoid high cholesterol.
If you have high cholesterol, the heart is starved of oxygen, which raises your chances of a heart attack.
Examples of the best types of nut to add to your diet include almonds, chestnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, macadamias, Brazil nuts, and peanuts.
You could also lower your risk of a heart attack by doing regular exercise. Everyone should aim to do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every week.
Common heart attack symptoms include severe chest pain, difficulty breathing, and feeling an overwhelming sensation of anxiety.
You may also be having a heart attack if you start excessively sweating for no obvious reason.
Every seven minutes in the UK, someone has a heart attack.