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Lifestyle changes for a healthy heart

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., but having it in your family history does not mean you are doomed to also contract heart disease. Take control of what you can now by following some of these basic lifestyle-changing steps to make a positive impact on your future:

1. Get up and moving

It is recommended to get a minimum of 150 minutes of activity every week. This can include bike riding, jogging or running, or using any of the cardio equipment in the gym such as elliptical, stair climber, and swimming. Children and adolescents should get one hour of physical activity every day.

2. Eat your veggies

Choosing a heathy diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low in sodium, saturated fats, and trans fats can help you avoid heart disease for long-term health. This diet can also help you lower your blood pressure and cholesterol.

3. Put out the cigarettes

Smoking can harm your heart and vessels by damaging the elasticity in addition to raising your blood pressure, and overall can increase your risk of arthrosclerosis and heart attack. Increase the length and quality of your life by making the choice to quit smoking.

 

Resource:

http://www.cdc.gov/Features/HeartMonth/index.html