In 1963, the United States designated February as “American Heart Month.” Since then, the medical community has banded together during this annual campaign to raise awareness about heart disease and cardiovascular conditions and provide advice to help Americans reduce their risk of these health issues.
How to Keep a Healthy Heart
Heart attacks and strokes are among the leading causes of death in the United States and can strike without warning. Fortunately, there are several ways you may be able to take control of your health and reduce your chance of heart-related issues.
Consider the following lifestyle changes:
- Improve your diet. Eating healthier, including a balanced combination of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, can positively affect your cardiovascular health. Conversely, consuming saturated fats, processed foods and high amounts of salt and sugar may increase your risk.
- Increase physical activity. Exercising regularly can significantly decrease your risk of heart disease. Experts recommend healthy adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate activity every week.
- Maintain a healthy weight. In addition to improving your eating habits and exercising, you should prioritize maintaining a healthy weight, as individuals who are overweight or obese are more likely to suffer from heart conditions.
- Limit substance use. Smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol can both have significant consequences for your cardiovascular health. Therefore, quitting smoking and limiting your drinking can be critical steps in reducing your risk of heart disease.
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Article Published By: Zywave, Inc.