by following these five steps, starting today, you can turn your
heart health around. The thing about heart disease is that even
though it is the number one killer of women, it can be slowed or
possibly even prevented with a healthy lifestyle. And if you are
already at a high risk for developing heart disease, you have the
power to turn that risk around.
The American Heart Association has helped to bring awareness about
heart disease and heart health to women by designating February
as national heart month and by associating the color red with heart
awareness. This campaign aims to empower men and women to realize
that they have the ability to avoid heart disease by making healthier
choices in life.
If you feel empowered to save your own life, then follow these
basic steps today for a healthier heart.
- Don’t smoke. If you already smoke, quit. If you have
never smoked, don’t start. Among its copious negative health
effects, smoking is a direct cause of heart disease. In fact,
women who smoke are anywhere from two to six times more likely
to suffer a heart attack than non-smoking women. And the risks
stop there. Do yourself a favor, read more about the risks associated
with smoking here … and
- Follow our guidelines for heart
healthy eating. That means you
should eat more whole grains, vegetables, beans, greens, fruits,
fish, seeds and yogurts and avoid foods that are rich in fats,
especially the bad fats found in fried foods and certain snack
- Get active. Making a commitment to include more physical
activity and exercise in your life is an excellent way to get
your heart in shape. According to the American Heart Association,
you should aim for 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity
every day of the week.
- Get your weight under control. By eating
right and exercising regularly, you will be able to maintain
a healthy weight. Keep an eye on your weight to help gauge your
heart health, but remember that all body types are different.
Obesity and overweight are key contributors to heart disease
and death–both are preventable.
- Know your numbers. Learn
what your numbers mean, and then make sure you ask your physician
to regularly check your blood pressure, blood cholesterol, BMI
and blood glucose. If your levels aren’t
normal, you can set a goal and take the proper steps to change
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