Protecting Your Heart Health

Cardiovascular disease is one of the most common killers of Americans, causing 1 in every 4 deaths. There are some risk factors that you can’t change, such as your age, gender, and family history, but there are many ways you can increase your risk of living without heart disease.

Reduce sedentary time

Research shows that extended blocks of sitting are bad for your health even if you are otherwise active. Sedentary time is associated with an increased risk of becoming overweight or obese and of developing cardiovascular disease. Break up the extended period of inactivity with exercise breaks, walks, or simply standing and stretching.

Improve your nutrition

Small changes can make all the difference. Cutting out meat, reducing your dairy, and consuming more fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and seeds are some of the best things you can do for your health. You don’t even have to splurge on fresh produce to reap the benefits of a vegetable diet. Studies have shown that canned and frozen produce is just as healthy as fresh produce.

Manage your stress

In today’s hectic world, stress is virtually unavailable, despite an increased awareness of how it wreaks havoc on the mind and body. Stress can lead to surges in your heart rate and blood pressure, leading to plaque instability. Track the source of your stress to figure out effective ways to handle it. Don’t be afraid to talk to a counselor or friend about your stress.

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