Six-Sigma for Women? Sticking to 6 Lifestyle Choices Keeps Heart Attack Away, says New Study

A new study has revealed that women who had followed the six healthy lifestyle choices for over two decades are less prone to heart diseases compared to those who never followed the guidelines.

Three-quarters of heart attacks in young women could be prevented if they stick to six healthy lifestyle practices, researchers said. The six healthy habits are:

1.No Smoking,
2.Maintaining normal BMI or body mass index,
3.Physical activity of two and half hours per week,
4.Watching TV only for seven or fewer hours per week,
5.Taking only one alcoholic drink per day, and
6.Taking a healthy diet.

The researchers found that women who adhered to all six healthy lifestyle practices had a 92% lower risk of heart attack and a 66% lower risk of developing any heart disease.

“We wanted to find out what proportion of heart disease cases could be attributed to unhealthy habits,” said lead author Andrea Chomistek of Indiana University School of Public Health, Bloomington.

For the study, the researchers followed nearly 70,000 women for two decades, with follow-ups and reported that 456 women had heart attacks and 31,691 women were diagnosed with one or more cardiovascular or heart disease risk factors, including type 2 diabetes, high BP or blood pressure or high levels of blood cholesterol.

Explaining the lower risk factor, the researchers said three quarters of heart attacks and nearly half of all risk factors in younger women may have been prevented if all of the women had adhered to all six healthy lifestyle guidelines. Their findings have been published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

(With inputs from IANS)

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