2. Eat more fish
Eating fish once or twice a week can cut your risk of having a fatal heart attack by more than a third. It may also reduce the risk of several cancers and ease the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
Omega fatty acids modulate the production of powerful hormone-like substances known as eicosanoids. Those produced by omega-3s are anti-inflammatory and reduce blood clotting, and scientists are now certain that omega-3 fats lower the risk of heart attacks for that reason. If an attack does occur, it’s less likely to be fatal. One study of heart attack survivors showed that if they took one gram of omega-3s daily in a capsule, they lowered their risk of dying from heart disease by 25 percent. Omega-3 fats also lower blood triglycerides (a type of stored fat that is associated with increased blood clots), reduce abnormal heart rhythms and the incidence of stroke, slow the buildup of artery-hardening plaques and lower blood pressure.