Avoiding Heart Disease is Easier Than You Think

As the New Year begins and we make resolutions to live healthier lives, I would like to let you know that avoiding heart disease can be a lot easier than you think. Many of the risk factors are within your control.

Weight

People who are overweight or obese are at a great risk of developing heart disease. Choosing a heart healthy diet can help you lose weight. Your doctor or a registered dietitian can teach you how to include heart healthy foods on your weekly menu.

Exercise

Physical activity is important in reducing the risk of heart disease. Moderate activities, like walking, biking, dancing, and even gardening or housework for at least 30 minutes can help your heart. The more physical activity you do, the lower your risk will be.

Smoking

If you smoke – stop. If you stop smoking, your risk of heart attack drops by 50 percent within one year. After five-years, your risk approaches that of a nonsmoker. Smoking cessation programs are available in many areas to help smokers make the transition.

Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar or diabetes - These factors can be controlled by diet and exercise, and by medication.

Don’t give heart disease any help. Eat healthy, get moving, and talk to your doctor about your risk. Your health is in your hands, and it’s easier than you think.

Avoiding Heart Disease is Easier Than You Think 
January 2012

 

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