The same lifestyle habits that can help treat myocardial ischemia can also help prevent it from developing in the first place. Leading a heart-healthy lifestyle can help keep your arteries strong, elastic and smooth, and allow for maximum blood flow. To follow a heart-healthy lifestyle, you should:

  • Avoid secondhand smoke and quit smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Control conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes
  • Exercise
  • Eat a low-fat, low-salt diet that's rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Reduce and manage stress
March 06, 2014