Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States yet 80% of all heart disease is preventable. What do you need to know to keep a healthy heart?
Know the risk factors for heart disease
- Age – 45 years and older for men, 55 years and older for woman
- Family history of heart disease or heart attack
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
Know what you can do to keep a healthy heart
1. Lower your blood pressure
- Regular exercise, weight control, and not smoking can help reduce your blood pressure.
2. Watch your cholesterol
- Eating more fiber, such as oats, beans, fruit, and vegetables can help reduce your total cholesterol level.
3. Stop smoking
- The sooner you quit, the lower your chance of developing heart disease.
4. Stay physically active
- A good rule of thumb is to be physically active for at least 30 minutes, most days, if not all days of the week.
5. Control your weight
- Plan your exercise program to suit your interests and lifestyle. If you choose activities that you like, you're more likely to stick to it!
6. Manage your diabetes
- If you have diabetes, have your glucose level checked often, talk to your doctor about exercise and nutritional needs.
Always check with your healthcare provider to understand your risks for heart disease and to create a healthcare plan that is right for you.
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