When you hear the phrase heart disease, you probably think “That’s not me.” But heart disease is the leading cause of death for adults, both men and women. What can you do to keep your heart healthy and lessen the chance of developing heart disease?
A healthy lifestyle, including diet and exercise, is key to protecting your heart health. Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables daily is another recommended way to maintain your health. And talk with your health care provider about how much and how long you should be exercising. Adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, such as brisk walking or bicycling, every week.
Additionally, not smoking, lowering your cholesterol and keeping your blood pressure in the healthy range will help your heart.
Here are things you can do for your heart’s health:
- Eat healthy foods daily
- Keep a healthy weight
- Get enough physical activity
- Don’t smoke
- Limit your use of alcohol
- Check your cholesterol
- Control your blood pressure
- Take charge of your diabetes
- Talk with your health care team
Source: CDC National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/index.htm