Preventing Heart Disease

Five easy ways to prevent heart disease.

So you want to know the top five ways to prevent heart disease? You’ve come to the right place. I’m Heart Healthy Henry and I’m going to tell you exactly what you need to do in order to prevent the development of heart disease.

Step 1 -- Exercise

First and foremost, don’t be sedentary. Get up and move a little! Actually, get up and move a lot. You want to exercise for thirty minutes at least three times a week and should aim to exercise every day of the week.

When exercising for your heart, not just any exercise will do. You need cardiovascular exercise. That means you want to jog or run, do jumping jacks or ride a bike. Cardiovascular exercise is what your heart needs in order to prevent heart disease.

Step 2 -- Don’t Smoke!

If you’re a smoker, you’d better stop. No more putting it off or insisting that it’s not as bad for you as they say it is -- it’s just as bad if not worse than you’ve heard. Smoking can kill you and heart disease is one of the ways it can do it.

If you can’t do it alone, join a support group or see your doctor. Your doctor will be able to recommend various smoking cessation products that can help you overcome the unhealthy habit.

Step 3 -- Work at That Waistline

Being overweight is another factor that contributes to your risk of heart disease. If you are 20 pounds or more overweight, it’s time for you to start working on a diet and exercise regimen.

By losing weight, you’ll be doing your heart a big favor and you’re likely to feel better about yourself too.

Step 4 -- Food for Your Heart

When you eat, eat healthy. While a one-pound hamburger smothered with cheese and mushrooms may sound like a dream come true, it’s actually wrecking havoc on your heart.

Stick to a diet that’s low in fats, sodium and cholesterol and try to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. High-fiber foods are very good for your heart and will help you avoid heart disease.

Step 5 -- Get To Know Your Doctor

If you don’t know how to spell your doctor’s name, you’re probably not seeing him enough. You should have your blood pressure checked annually and your cholesterol should be checked at least once every five years.

By checking for contributors to heart disease, your doctor will be able to tell if you need to adjust your lifestyle in order to avoid developing a serious condition.

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