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Take Care of Your Heart and It Will Take Care of You

09/27/17

Follow these five tips for maintaining a healthy heart

Heart Health

Eat Right/Maintain a Healthy Weight – Choose foods low in saturated fat, trans fat, sugar, and sodium. Go for plenty of fruits and vegetables, fiber-rich whole grains, fish, nuts, legumes, seeds, and lean poultry and meats. Stay at a healthy weight for your age and body type.

Reduce Pressure – Keep your blood pressure under control. High blood pressure is called the “silent killer” because many who have it don’t even know it, so get it checked, and keep it in check!

Scrap the Salt – Too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure, increasing the risk for heart attack and stroke. The average American consumes more than twice the recommended 1,500 milligrams of sodium every day—and it’s not just coming from the shaker on the table. Most of it is found in processed foods and restaurant fare, so read labels in the grocery store, and ask the chef to “hold the salt.”

Move! – You don’t have to take up marathon running to keep your heart healthy; as little as 30 minutes a day, five times a week, of moderate aerobic exercise—such as brisk walking—can reduce your risk of heart disease.

Send Heart Disease Up in Smoke – Don’t smoke; if you do smoke, seek help to quit immediately. Avoid secondhand smoke, as it also poses serious health risks.