Prevention of Heart Disease
There are many things you can do reduce your chances of heart disease:
• Know your blood pressure and keep it under control
• Exercise regularly
• Don’t smoke
• Get tested for diabetes and if you have it, keep it under control
• Know your cholesterol and triglyceride levels and keep them under control
• Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables
• Maintain a healthy weight
Do you know your cholesterol number?
A total blood cholesterol level of less than 200 is desirable. A level of 240 or higher is high blood cholesterol. But even a level between 200 and 240 can increase your risk of heart disease.
Do you know your blood pressure reading?
Desirable blood pressure is 120/80. If your blood pressure is 140/90 or higher, you have high blood pressure. High blood pressure does not go away by itself – be sure to ask your doctor for help in lowering it.
Take heart. Say YES to physical activity
Regular physical activity can help your heart and lungs work better, lower your blood pressure and blood cholesterol, lower your blood sugar, and help you control your appetite and weight. What’s more, it can help you relax and feel less tense and sleep better, as well as feel more energetic and good about yourself. The more physical activity you do, the easier it gets.
Protect your heart. Watch your weight.
Maintaining a healthy weight can reduce your risk of having a heart attack or stroke, and you will feel better. Do you know your weight and whether it’s right for you?
Help your heart. Stop smoking.
Quitting smoking will lower your risk of heart attack, stroke, and lung disease and help you breathe more easily and feel less tired.