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 don’t 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 foods.
- 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
- 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 them.
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