Heart attack is a serious medical emergency and if you suspect your or someone else is having one you should call 999 straightaway. The leading cause of heart attack is coronary heart disease, which is where the major blood vessels that supply the heart with blood get clogged up with deposits of cholesterol – known as plaques. When a plaque ruptures this can cause a blood clot and blocks the supply of blood to the heart, triggering a heart attack.
Eating too much salt is strongly advised against as this may raise your blood pressure and high blood pressure can increase your risk of coronary heart disease.
Eating foods that keep your blood healthy is key, and according to medical constant Dr Sarah Brewer and dietician Juliette Kellow there are six vitamins and minerals the blood needs to function properly.
In their book titled ‘Eat Better Live Longer’ they explain: “The body produces over 200 billion new red blood cells every day.
“To do this efficiently, bone marrow needs vital ingredients – iron and copper (for haemoglobin production), vitamin A (for stem cell activity), and various B vitamins (vitamins B6, B12, and folate for haemoglobin manufacture).
“A varied diet will provide all the essential micronutrients for making red blood cells.”