5 Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy

Heart disease is a huge problem that can often be prevented with small steps.


While heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for 1 in 5 deaths, it is preventable—unlike many other diseases.


5 Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy
5 Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy

1. Know your blood pressure.

Having high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease. Get your blood pressure checked at least once a year - more often if you have high blood pressure. If you also have high blood pressure, take steps to lower it.


2. Keep your cholesterol under control.

High cholesterol can clog your arteries and increase your risk of coronary artery disease and heart attack.


3. Do not smoke.

Smoking increases your blood pressure, which increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. If you smoke, quitting will reduce your risk of heart disease.


4. Practice moderation when it comes to food and drink.

Eating foods high in saturated or trans fats (found in red meat, fried foods, and baked goods) is linked to heart disease, and too much salt and alcohol can raise your blood pressure, which also taxes the heart. Chronically high blood pressure means your heart has to work harder to circulate blood throughout your body.


5. Exercise regularly.

Participating in physical activity helps you maintain a healthy weight and can help lower your cholesterol and blood pressure. Doing 150 minutes of moderate exercise (walking, biking, swimming, dancing) each week. If you do high-intensity exercise such as running or a spin class, aim for 75 minutes a week.

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