- Eat a healthy diet. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Limit saturated fat, trans fats and cholesterol and add more fiber* to prevent high cholesterol. Limiting salt can help lower blood pressure.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of heart disease.
- Exercise. The U.S. Surgeon General recommends 30 minutes daily of moderate-intensity physical activity. This helps maintain healthy weight, cholesterol and blood pressure.
- Monitor blood pressure. High blood pressure can damage your heart and blood vessels. It has no symptoms, so make sure to check it regularly – at home, a doctor’s office or your local pharmacy.
- Don’t smoke. Smoking greatly increases heart-disease risk. If you don’t smoke, don’t start; if you already smoke, quit as soon as possible. Your doctor can help.
- Limit alcohol. Too much alcohol can increase blood pressure. Suggested limits: two drinks a day for men, one for women.
- Check cholesterol. Levels should be tested at least once every five years. If your cholesterol is high, talk to your doctor about treatment.
- Manage diabetes. Controlling blood sugar is important for a healthy heart and blood vessels. If you have diabetes, closely monitor blood sugar and work with your doctor on treatment.
- Take your meds. If your doctor has prescribed medicine for high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes, follow instructions carefully and ask questions if there’s anything you don’t understand.
- Take it one step at a time. Keeping your heart healthy is a lifelong process that can begin with small lifestyle changes. Ask family and friends to join you in the process, and don’t get overwhelmed.
SOURCE: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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