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Heart Health Tips

For every minute you live, your heart beats about once a second, pumping five or more quarts every minute. That adds up to more than 2,000 gallons of blood being pumped through your circulatory system in a single day. Your heart works hard for you, so doesn’t it make sense to take good care of your heart?

Smart ideas to keep your heart healthy


If you smoke, quit now. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. Smoking is one of the biggest risk factors for developing heart disease; it doubles your risk for sudden cardiac death.

Exercise. As few as 10 minutes of exercise three times a day can reduce your chance of heart attack and stroke, but check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program.

Lose excess weight. An exercise program and healthy eating will help.

Replace high-fat foods with fresh fruits and vegetables
. Especially avoid fried foods.

Keep stress in check. Remember to take time out for yourself, engage in activities you enjoy and spend time with people you like.

Know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers
. Work with your doctor to reach the levels that are right for you.

Keep your diabetes under control. Control your blood sugar. Get tested for diabetes and pre-diabetic conditions if you’re at risk.

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