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Top 5 Resolutions for Heart Health
January 3, 2017
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  • Top 5 Resolutions for Heart Health

    Assess Your Risk

    Understanding what risk factors contribute to heart disease is the first step to beginning a heart-healthy lifestyle. Know which risk factors you can and can’t control and then make a plan for how to reduce your risk.
    Risk factors you CAN’T change: age, gender, heredity and race/ethnicity.
    Risk factors you CAN change: cholesterol, diet, exercise, smoking, weight, diabetes, blood pressure and stress.

  • Top 5 Resolutions for Heart Health

    Know Your Numbers

    Since high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes are major heart disease risk factors that you have some control over, it’s important to know your numbers. Go to your doctor regularly to check your blood pressure, cholesterol (total, HDL, LDL, triglycerides), and blood glucose. Work with your doctor to improve any numbers that are not normal.

  • Top 5 Resolutions for Heart Health

    Aim for a Healthy Weight

    Don’t discount the impact that weight loss can have on your health. According to the National Institutes of Health, a healthy lifestyle can help lower heart disease risk by 82%. If you don’t know your ideal weight, ask your doctor.

  • Top 5 Resolutions for Heart Health

    Get Moving

    Make a commitment to be more physically active. Every day, aim for 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity such as taking a brisk walk, dancing, light weight lifting, house cleaning or gardening. Once you get in the habit, exercise becomes more than a healthy activity. It becomes a part of your life. In addition, exercise can help decrease your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

  • Top 5 Resolutions for Heart Health

    Eat for Heart Health

    The foods you eat have a huge impact on your health. When you improve your eating habits, you improve your overall health and reduce your risk for heart disease. Choose a diet low in saturated fat, trans fat, sodium and cholesterol. Be sure to include whole grains, vegetables, and fruits.

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