Keep it simple. Try walking for 30 minutes a day. Any activity that gets you up and moving is good for your heart.
- Eat Healthy
Eat a wide range of foods to ensure you're getting a balanced diet and all the right vitamins and minerals.
- Don't Smoke
Smoking increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases, which includes coronary heart disease and stroke.
- Get Enough Sleep
A good night's sleep is just as important as regular exercise and a healthy diet. Poor sleep has immediate negative effects on your body.
- Get Your Teeth Checked
Research shows that gum disease is a marker for heart disease. So, practice good dental hygiene and see a dentist regularly.
"Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the US and that includes both men and women. It's also almost entirely preventable. A good prevention strategy starts with taking care of your body, eating right, exercising, and getting the right amount of sleep."
Dr. Stravos G. Drakos, MD, PHD, FASCC, University of Utah Health