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7 Tips For Maintaining a Healthy Heart

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In the U.S. heart disease remains the leading cause of death. Fortunately, many of the risk factors are well known and can be reduced by making healthy lifestyle choices and making sure that your blood pressure, cholesterol a weight stay at healthy levels.

Here are the top 7 ways to lead heart healthy lifestyle.

1. Quit Smoking

Even occasional smoking increases the risk of heart disease. Quitting smoking is the best way to lower your risk of cardiac arrest.

2. Reduce Alcohol Intake

While some recent studies have shown limited health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption, excessive alcohol consumption can put a strain on your heart. It is recommended that women drink no more than one drink a day and men no more than two drinks a day.

3. Keep Your Blood Pressure Under Control

Have your blood pressure checked regularly and talk to your doctor about your options for lowering high blood pressure.

4. Have Your Cholesterol and Triglyceride levels Tested

Maintaining healthy levels of cholesterol is important for reducing your risk of heart disease. A Mediterranean diet that includes healthy oils and grains can reduce cholesterol levels and keep your heart healthy. Instead of butter, cook with olive oil and replace red meat with alternative protein source such as fish and nuts.

5. Exercise and Stay Active

Regular physical activity is important for maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system. In addition to helping maintain a healthy weight, exercise can lower blood pressure, strengthen heart muscles and reduce stress.

6. Get Enough Sleep

Our bodies need sleep to give our heart a chance to rest. Sleep lowers blood pressure and your heart rate. For most adults, seven to eight hours of sleep a night is ideal.

7. See Your Doctor

Regular screening for heart disease can catch risks early and prevent future problems.
The American Heart Association recommends that everyone start monitoring their heart health by age 20. Your doctor will check your blood pressure, your weight and your cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Depending on your family history and personal risk factors, your doctor may recommend a more comprehensive check up.
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