Steps to a Healthy Heart
Heart disease is a leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. There are steps you can take to keep your heart healthy.
Kick the Habit
Smokers have twice the risk of heart attacks as nonsmokers. Just one year after quitting, the risk of heart disease can be cut in half.
Staying active is one of the most important ways to lower your risk. Aim to get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity per week.
A heart-healthy diet emphasizes a variety of fruits and vegetables; whole grains; skinless poultry and fish; and nuts and legumes. Limit saturated and trans fats, sodium, red meat, sweets and sugar-sweetened beverages.
Take Off Excess Pounds
Carrying excess weight is especially hard on your heart. Losing even a modest amount of weight, such as 5 to 10 percent our total weight, can help lower your risk for heart disease.
Keep Your Numbers Under Control
See your health care provider to have your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar tested. He or she will work with you to map out a plan to manage these numbers, which may include diet, exercise and medication.
Following these tips are part of the care that will manage your heart failure. Working with a cardiologist can help you follow these health tips.