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Save Your Life and Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease

Reducing risk for heart disease could ultimately save your life, and help you live a quality healthy lifestyle.

How to reduce your risk for heart disease, which could ultimately save your life.

Heart disease doesn’t discriminate, affecting men and women regardless of their age or where they live. In the United States, cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death, according to the American Heart Association.

For most men and women, the prevalence of heart disease is no great surprise. Nearly every adult can point to a loved one who has dealt with heart disease. Many men and women can even point to a friend or family member who lost their battle with heart disease. That familiarity should make people even more willing to adopt a heart-healthy lifestyle. Though not all risk factors for heart disease can be controlled, there are ways to reduce that risk considerably.

Embrace Physical Activity: People who are physically inactive are twice as likely to be at risk for heart disease or stroke than people who are physically active.  Research has shown that a person should get at least 30 minutes of physical activity on five or more days of the week. This will help lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol while helping to maintain a healthy weight.

Quit Smoking: The decision to smoke tobacco is the decision to invite a host of potential physical ailments, not the least of which is heart disease. Smoking contributes to the buildup of plaque in the arteries, increases the risk of blood clots, reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood and increases blood pressure. As if that’s not enough, smoking also harms those around you. For those who successfully avoid smoking for one year, the risk of a suffering a smoking-related heart attack has been cut in half. American Cancer Society, second-hand smoke is responsible for 3,400 lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in the United States each year. So quit smoking, for your well being and for your loved ones well being.

Limit Alcohol Consumption: Excessive consumption of alcohol can contribute to high triglycerides, produce irregular heartbeats, and eventually lead to heart failure or stroke. There is some evidence that people who drink moderately have a lower risk of heart disease than nondrinkers. But it is important to note that people who drink moderately also have a lower risk of heart disease than people who drink excessively. So when it comes to alcohol, moderation reigns supreme.

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Comments (3)

Valuable information here on saving one's life and reducing heart disease. Thanks for posting useful information. Voted

Very important topic, well done.

everybody must follow these...it is the world's #1 killer

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