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Health Alert: Lower Risk of Heart Attack

CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- A new set of guidelines has just been released to help you lower the odds of having a heart attack.

Medical reporter Liz Bonis has the latest now from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association in Tuesday's Health Alert.

These new guidelines focus mainly on risk: lowering the odds a person will have a heart attack.  Local 12 stopped out at St. Elizabeth Cardiac Rehab Tuesday to tell you more about them.

The goal is to try and reduce the odds of a heart attack, stroke or other event.  You'll likely here about changing three things. 

The first is a strong focus on lifestyle.  Diet and exercise but rather than about thirty minutes three days a week, you are going to hear about doing forty minutes most days of the week.

The second you'll hear about is younger people starting statins earlier.  The goal is to lower cholesterol at a younger age, and drop heart attack risk.

Finally you are going to hear about changes for those between the ages of 40 and 75 who have type II diabetes.  The recommendation will be that everyone in that group take a cholesterol lowering medication.

So if you know that heart disease runs in your family you can expect to hear three things: statins for more people, cholesterol medications for those with type two diabetes, and at least forty minutes of un-interrupted activity most days of the week.

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