Oh, go on: Have that extra shot of espresso in your morning coffee today, champ. You've earned it.
A York University study tracked 3,721 heart-attack survivors in the U.K. Findings demonstrated that heart-attack patients who drink one to two cups of coffee per day are 20 percent less likely to die prematurely from heart damage than patients who abstain from coffee completely, according to Fox News.
Excuse me while I pour my second cup -- for my health.
Once you have a heart attack, you are at much higher risk for another one, or at least for developing heart failure in the future, so practicing heart-healthy habits is crucial for survivors.
Here are ten lifestyle tips for preventing heart attacks and heart disease, courtesy of Web MD:
- Eat well. That means lots of fruits, vegetables, grains, and foods high in omega-3 fatty acids (think salmon or fresh tuna). Cutting down on salt, saturated fats, excess sugar and red meats doesn't hurt, either.
- Destress. Prioritize your mental health and take active measures to treat yourself gently. Stressful emotions (such as hostility, rage, and prolonged irritation) could lead to heart attack risk.
- Quit smoking.
- Track your blood sugar. Too much sugar could cause damage to your arteries.
- And your blood pressure. High blood pressure means a higher risk of heart attack and disease. Diet, exercise and stress management help keep this under control.
- Also your cholesterol intake.
- Try to stay within a healthy weight range.
- Ask your doctor if aspirin is right for you. For some people, a daily low-dose aspirin helps reduce the risk of heart attack.
- Exercise. Go, go, go!
- Communicate. You’re not an island. Research shows people with wide social networks are less prone to heart trouble, so rely on the people around you.