Over-stressed men may want to schedule a visit to the hospital, with a few hair strands in tow. A study conducted by the Meir Medical Center suggests that cortisol found in the hair follicle may be an indication of cardiovascular disease risk. The study discovered that men who were admitted to the hospital for heart problems had higher levels of hair cortisol than other male patients.
Three Lifesaving Tips
- Promptly call 911.
- After you call 911, chew and swallow one 325 mg adult aspirin to help dissolve any clots that might be forming in your coronary arteries. is more effective then swallowing an aspirin. Chewed aspirin hits your bloodstream faster, and starts working in four to five minutes.
- Do not drive yourself to the hospital. Don’t even think about driving yourself or having an anxious mate drive you to the hospital.
Heart Attack Prevention Dieting Tips
1. Trade saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol, for mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs and PUFAs)
- Choose olive and canola oils, nuts, avocado and fatty fish
- Limit butter, cheese, whole dairy, red meats, and foods containing palm oil, coconut oil and partially-hydrogenated oils, like margarines and commercially baked cakes, pastries and other baked goods.
2. Boost your fiber intake: Aim for 20 to 30 grams of fiber per day. A third of that should be soluble fiber, such as oat bran, has been shown to significantly lower cholesterol.
- Choose: Complex, fiber-containing carbohydrates like whole fruits, vegetables, whole grains (e.g. oatmeal, barley, popcorn, quinoa, whole wheat, bran cereals) and beans
- Limit: Refined grains where the fiber, along with essential vitamins and minerals have been stripped away (e.g. white rice, baked goods and cereals made with white/enriched flour)
3. Choose lean protein: The average adult only needs between 40 to 70 g per day (0.8g/kg body weight).
- Choose: Low fat (1% or skim) dairy, tofu/edamame, legumes (e.g. chickpeas, lentils, kidney and black beans), chicken/turkey breast, fatty fish (e.g. salmon, albacore tuna, mackerel, sardines), nuts and eggs
- Limit: Red meat (e.g. lamb, pork, beef, veal), whole milk dairy, dark meat chicken/turkey, processed meats (hot dogs, deli meat, bacon, sausages).
4. Bring on the rainbow with fruits and vegetables: Not only do fruits and vegetables fill you up with fewer calories, they contain a plethora of chronic-disease fighting vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients. Think of your fruits and veggies according to the rainbow (as in red, orange, yellow, green, indigo and violet) and try to eat at least one serving of each color daily.
- Choose: Load up on tomatoes, beets, squash, melon, carrots, asparagus, peppers, green beans, broccoli, Swiss chard, blueberries, blackberries, apples, oranges and eggplant
- Limit: Fruit juices (especially those with added sugar/corn syrup), canned fruits, starchy veggies (e.g. corn, potatoes and peas)
5. Hold the salt: Too much sodium in your diet contributes to high blood pressure and increases your risk for heart disease. Avoid processed foods, ditch your salt shaker for herbs, spices, and aromatic veggies (e.g. garlic, shallots, onions, and peppers), and read your food labels to ensure you don’t exceed your quota.
- Choose: Fresh, whole foods — i.e. shop the outside of the grocery store and at farmers’ markets, cook with whole grains and buy “no-salt added” canned goods
- Limit: Processed and canned foods like frozen dinners, soy sauce and other condiments, cheese, pickled foods, deli meats