The Diet Change That Can Cut Your Risk of an Exercise-Triggered Heart Attack

Caitlin Golden
numerous health benefits such as muscle recovery, warding off stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. Now a new study has found another health benefit.

New research found that omega-3-fats that are found in fish may protect your heart from an exercise-induced heart attack, especially for those who have a history of cardiovascular disease.

A recent study published in the journal Heart found those in the highest quartile of omega-3 levels had about a 33 percent lower risk of exercise-induced heart attack.

While omega-3s can help protect your heart they also increase blood flow during exercise, especially those who have heart disease. This is important because the easier the blood flows to your heart the less likely you are to have a heart attack.

The American Heart Association recommends eating fatty fish at least two to three times per week to lower your risk of coronary heart disease. But it’s important to limit your consumption of fish with high mercury levels like ahi tuna and swordfish. The same study found that those with high levels of methylmercury were linked to a high risk of coronary heart disease.

The key is to eat more fish like salmon and mackerel and to keep exercising to help you reach a healthy lifestyle.