Heart attacks happen when the blood supply to the heart is cut off.
It is caused by coronary heart disease, which is when fatty substances begin to build up on your blood vessel walls, which may eventually block the.
You’re more at risk if you are a smoker, have high cholesterol, high blood pressure or are diabetic.
Heart disease can be diagnosed by your GP through a risk assessment test which looks at your medical and family history, lifestyle and taking a blood test.
You can change your diet to include these three foods to decrease your chances of having a heart attack, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Reduce your salt intake
Dumping items high in salt such as canned soups and ketchup, as well as chucking the habit of adding extra salt to your food, could reduce your risk of having a heart attack.
“Eating a lot of [salt] can contribute to high blood pressure, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease,” said the Clinic on its website.
“Reducing [salt] is an important part of a heart-healthy diet.
Adults should not consume more than 2.3 grams of salt a day, which is about one teaspoon, according to the NHS.
Eat more fruit and vegetables
Stick to your five a day and you can’t go wrong. These are generally low in calories but rich in dietary fibre as well as vitamins and minerals.
“Eating more fruits and vegetables may help you cut back on higher calorie foods, such as meat, cheese and snack foods,” said the Clinic.
Fresh or frozen vegetables and canned fruit packed in juice or water are good options.
Limit unhealthy fats
This will help to reduce your blood cholesterol and lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.
“A high blood cholesterol can lead to a buildup of plaques in your arteries, called atherosclerosis, which can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.”
Simple steps like trimming fat off your food, and choosing lean meats, will limit how much is in your diet.
Switching to using olive oil, nuts, seeds and avocados can help.
The Mayo Clinic recommends limiting your intake of butter, bacon fat, creams, cocoa butter and coconuts.
Alongside these recommendations, the Mayo Clinic also says you should “control” your portion sizes, select whole grain foods, create daily menus and even allow yourself the occasional treat.
“A candy bar or handful of potato chips won’t derail your heart-healthy diet,” says the Clinic.
“But don’t let it turn into an excuse for giving up on your healthy-eating plan. If overindulgence is the exception, rather than the rule, you’ll balance things out over the long term.”
Heart and circulatory diseases cause more than a quarter of UK deaths, according to the British Heart Foundation.
You should also try doing plenty of exercise to keep your heart in good condition.