Tuesday Tip #28: 10 Ways to Reduce Risk Factors & Maintain Heart Health

Ways to Protect Your Heart.

  1. Partner with your doctor. Discuss your risks for heart disease and heart attack and what you can do to reduce them.
  2. Aim for a healthy weight. Excess weight increases  your chance of developing heart disease.
  3. Don’t smoke of use other tobacco products. Avoid secondhand smoke as well.
  4. Have fatty fish, such as salmon or macherel, at least twice a week for its heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids.
  5. Get active. Strengthen and condition your heart by exercising at least 30 minutes a day. Aerobic activities, such as brisk walking, bicycling, and swimming, are best for heart health.
  6. Control your cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels. Have recommended screenings on time.
  7. Handle stress in healthy ways. To calm yourself quickly, take several deep breaths.
  8. Choose a heart-smart diet that’s high in fiber and low in saturated fat, trans fats, cholesterol, and salt.
  9. If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
  10. Learn the warning signs of a heart attack and heart disease, and don’t ignore them.