How to Prevent a Heart Attack

  • Medical Author:
    John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

    John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

View the Heart Disease Slideshow

Quick GuideHeart-Healthy Foods: 25 Foods to Protect Your Cardiovascular System

Heart-Healthy Foods: 25 Foods to Protect Your Cardiovascular System

What kinds of diets are recommended to prevent heart attacks?

A heart-healthy diet is full of

  • fruits and veggies,
  • whole grains,
  • legumes,
  • low-fat dairy,
  • lean poultry,
  • fish, and
  • nuts.


  • sugar,
  • red meat, and
  • sugary sodas.

There is evidence that natural plant-based, vegetarian or vegan diets may be helpful in preventing and even reversing heart disease.

What tips and lifestyle changes can be made to prevent a heart attack?

Leading a heart-healthy lifestyle is the best way to prevent heart disease and heart attack. Follow these tips to reduce your risk factors for heart attack.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/29/2016

Subscribe to MedicineNet's Heart Health Newsletter

By clicking Submit, I agree to the MedicineNet's Terms & Conditions & Privacy Policy and understand that I may opt out of MedicineNet's subscriptions at any time.

  • Heart Attack Prevention - Diet Tips

    What healthy diet tips (what foods have you eliminated, what foods you now include, etc.,) have you found to be useful in reducing your risk of heart attack, or another one?


Health Solutions From Our Sponsors