This slideshow covers the basics of the DASH diet that many of the other posters have mentioned. Cutting back on salt, adding more vegetables to your diet and choosing lean meats and fish are all good for your heart -- and covered in the slideshow.
This article has some really great tips on how to easily have a heart-healthy diet, and here you will find an overview of the American Heart Association's healthy diet guidelines.
One last cool resource is this chart that shows you how you can modify ingredients in some of your favorite recipes to insure that they are heart-healthy. I hope one of these resources helps!
This article explains what would put you at high risk for heart attack and is in line with what billh99 said. You might speak with your doctor about your family history of heart attack and see if he/she recommends you take any precautions or make any lifestyle changes to ward off heart attack. It seems to me that you take good care of yourself from what you describe, and if your doctor has said your numbers are fine then it is likely you have nothing to worry about.
We saw a lot of changes around heart health recently -- new guidelines on cholesterol and blood pressure and more information about the dangers of salt and sugar. So, how do we apply all of this new information to our everyday lives?
Click the link above to check out WebMD's heart health by the numbers infographic, and head over to our Facebook page to join in the conversation. And don't forget to wear red tomorrow (Feb. 7) for National Wear Red Day!
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I am so sorry to hear about your mother's failing heart. I just wanted to drop in and let you know that I have been in a similar situation, and that knowing what is best to do is hard. Two years ago my grandmother passed away from COPD. She did not wish to continue treatment or spend her last months in the hospital. All my family could do was make her comfortable at home.
Have you looked into using hospice or another form of palliative care ? These can be a good source of support for not only your mother but for you as a caregiver as well. Hospice emphasizes quality of life and patient decision-making, which are two things that seem important to you and your mother. They will work with your family to provide physical, emotional and spiritual needs. You can learn more at the links above, or at the hospice website here .
I will definitely keep your family in my thoughts, and I hope that you are able to find the answers and care that you are looking for.