One of the reasons that some people may shrug off the possibility of developing heart disease and angina is that it's a gradual, lifelong process that people can't see or feel. There are usually no "early angina symptoms," so people continue to make poor choices, thinking that angina will not happen to them. Look at the odds -- 1 in 3 Americans will develop heart disease. What are good choices for heart disease and angina prevention then? Good choices include:
- Get moving (see Heart Disease and Exercise)
- Maintaining a healthy weight (see Weight and Heart Disease)
- Eating a well-balanced, heart-healthy diet (see Diet and Heart Disease)
- Controlling blood pressure and cholesterol (see Lowering Blood Pressure or Lowering Cholesterol)
- Preventing or managing diabetes (see Diabetes Treatment)
- Not smoking (see Smoking and Heart Disease).
Because of advances in medicine and technology, people with angina are living longer, more productive lives than ever before. However, preventing angina is still the best weapon in the fight against this condition. As with anything in life, there are no guarantees. You could do all the right things and still develop angina, because there are so many factors involved. By living a healthier life, however, you could delay angina for years or minimize its damage. Whether you are already healthy, are at high risk for angina or heart disease, or have survived a heart attack, the advice to protect your heart is the same.