Steps for a Healthy HeartFebruary 4, 2020
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. One in four people dies of it each year. But there’s a lot you can do to live a heart healthy life:
- Move more: Get at least 2½ hours of physical activity each week—that’s just 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. In addition, do muscle strengthening exercises at least 2 days a week.
- Eat healthy foods: A healthy diet that is low in sodium and saturated fat is key to heart disease prevention.
- Aim for a healthy weight: Being overweight is hard on your heart. It increases your risk of having heart disease, a stroke, high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
- Reduce stress and improve sleep: Stress can contribute to high blood pressure and other heart risks.
- Quit smoking: the chemicals in tobacco smoke harm your heart and blood vessels in many ways.
- Know your numbers: Meet your heart health goals by keeping track of how much you exercise, your blood pressure, your blood cholesterol numbers—all of which can impact your heart health.
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