About 50% of cardiac disease deaths are caused when the heart suddenly stops beating. If a patient has an irregular heart beat, the doctor can lower the risk of sudden cardiac death by implanting a defibrillator, an internal device that will re-establish a normal heart rhythm if necessary. A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that certain lifestyle do’s and don’ts can also help lower your risk.
- If you smoke, stop; if you don’t smoke, don’t start.
- Keeping a healthy weight
- Engaging in a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise daily
- Eating a daily diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish, and healthy fats and limiting your intake of saturated food products and alcohol.