More than one in three adults has some form of cardiovascular disease. The good news is 80 percent of heart disease and stroke can be prevented. So how do you protect yourself? By following Life’s Simple 7®.
Remember, you can stop heart disease before it even starts. Start small. And keep it simple. Make one change today and then you’re ready to make another. Before you know it you’ve stopped making poor choices, and started making life choices!
1 Get Active. You don’t have to join a gym or run in a 5K. Start small by incorporating physical activity into your daily routine more and more.
2 Control Cholesterol. High levels of bad cholesterol can clog your arteries, increasing your risk of heart attack and stroke.
3 Eat Better. Eating the right foods can help you control your weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol.
4 Manage Blood Pressure. One in three Americans has high blood pressure — yet one out of every five doesn’t even know they have it.. That’s because high blood pressure, “the silent killer,” has no symptoms.
5 Lose Weight. Extra weight can do serious damage to your heart. Too much fat, especially around the belly, increases your risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. So give your heart a break by dropping the extra pounds — and keeping them off.
6 Reduce Blood Sugar. Diabetes can quadruple your risk of heart disease or stroke, so keeping blood sugar levels under control is crucial to preventing medical problems involving the heart and kidneys.
7 Stop Smoking. It’s time to kick the habit. With one in five deaths caused by smoking, going smoke-free can help prevent not only heart disease and stroke, but also cancer and chronic lung disease.
Protect yourself from heart disease, the nation’s No. 1 killer, with Life’s Simple 7® — easy-to-embrace ways to significantly lower your risk of heart disease and improve your health. For more information visit www.mylifecheck.org.
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Heart and Soul magazine is proud to be walking in the Dallas Heart Walk this September in Victory Park. We walk the walk when it comes to fighting heart disease and stroke. For more information on a Heart Walk close to you, please visit www.heartwalk.org.