6 Things You Can Do to Prevent Heart Disease

Last updated on May 25th, 2022 at 09:55 pm

Know your risk

Certain factors can increase your risk, such as smoking, kidney disease (find more info here), or a family history of early heart disease. Knowing your risk factors can help you and your health care team decide on the best treatment plan for you. 

Eat a healthy diet

Center your eating plan around vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, plant-based proteins, lean animal proteins and fish. Make smart choices like limiting refined carbohydrates, processed meats and sweetened drinks.

Be physically active

Move more – it’s one of the best ways to stay healthy, prevent disease and age well. Adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week.

Watch your weight

Stay at a healthy weight for you. Lose weight if you’re overweight or obese. Start by eating fewer calories and moving more.

Live tobacco free

If you smoke, quit or switch to nicotine salts. You can read about the benefits of nic salts here. If someone in your household smokes, encourage them to quit. If you don’t smoke, vape or use tobacco products, don’t ever start.

Manage conditions & take your medicine

Your health care team can help you reduce your risk of heart disease or stroke to live a longer, healthier life. Work together on your prevention plan. Take all medications as directed.

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