Women Reduce Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death By 90% in 4 Steps
The large Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) found that four lifestyle factors could reduce risk of heart disease or sudden cardiac death (SCD) by 92%. In women SCD accounts for nearly 50% of mortality so these life style changes need to be taken seriously.
The 4 Steps or Lifestyle Changes
- Stop Smoking – Stopping smoking represents a major step forward in taking care of your health. Not only does smoking increase the risk of cardiac disease it also increases the risk of cancer.
- Maintain Healthy Weight – Healthy weight is defined by the study as less than a 25% BMI.
- Keep Active – Activity was defined as at least 30 minutes of exercise daily.
- Eat Healthy Diet – A healthy diet was defined as following the Mediterranean Diet.
The reduction in risk of SCD can vary from 46% to 92% depending on how many of the above healthy lifestyle habits are adopted. For one healthy habit the SCD is reduced by 46%. Two habits reduce the risk by 59% and three habits by 67%. All four habits reduce the risk by 92%.
How can you not afford to follow these simple steps to better health?