Although, genetics does plays a part in your overall heart-health, there are steps you can take to help lower the risk of heart disease. If you follow these 3 strategies you’ll be well on your way to a heart-healthy lifestyle.
1. Exercise for 30 minutes a few times a week
Daily exercise can reduce your risk of fatal heart disease. Exercising helps to keep you more energized, alert, and aids into your overall heart-health. If you combine physical activity with other lifestyle measures, such as, maintaining a healthy weight, the payoff is even greater.
2. Don’t smoke or use tobacco
If you smoke or use tobacco the risk factor for developing heart disease is significant. Chemicals in tobacco can damage your heart and blood vessels, leading to narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Atherosclerosis can ultimately lead to a heart attack. When it comes to heart disease prevention, no amount of smoking is safe.
3. Eat a heart-healthy diet
Eating healthy is vital for protecting your heart-health. You can start by including fruits and vegetables in your diet. There is also a special diet known as the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH). This is an eating plan which helps to protect your heart.
Following the DASH diet means eating foods that are low in fat, cholesterol, and salt. The diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products, which can help protect your heart. Low-fat sources of protein such as, beans and certain types of fish also can reduce your risk of heart disease.
In order to prevent heart disease, it is important to take care of your heart-health!
Information is taken from Mayo Clinic