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How Do I Reduce My Risk of Heart Disease?

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If you've been diagnosed with heart disease or are concerned about keeping it at bay, there are lots of simple ways to change your habits and protect your heart. Maintain a healthier heart with these useful tips for heart disease risk reduction.
  1. Assess Your Risk for Heart Disease
  2. Lower Your Cholesterol and Triglycerides
  3. Manage Your Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  4. Change Your Diet and Lose Weight
  5. Exercise for Heart Health
  1. Quit Smoking
  2. Control Your Blood Sugar
  3. Reduce Stress
  4. Manage Other Risks

Assess Your Risk for Heart Disease

Assess Your Heart Disease Risk

Knowing is half the battle: Start by measuring your risk of heart disease.

Lower Your Cholesterol and Triglycerides

Lower Cholesterol

Abnormal blood lipid levels are strongly associated with an increased risk of heart disease. But understanding what you can (and should) do about your cholesterol and triglycerides can seem confusing. Here is what you need to know.

Manage Your Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Hypertension is a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke. Properly diagnosing and treating hypertension is critical to reducing your risk of heart disease

Change Your Diet and Lose Weight

Heart Healthy Weight Loss

Both what you eat and how often you exercise are two major factors to consider if you want to reduce your risk of heart disease. Choosing heart-healthy foods and engaging in physical activity can make a significant difference when it comes to protecting your heart.

Exercise for Heart Health

Heart Healthy Exercise

Exercise is a crucial component to reducing your risk of heart disease, but deciding what kind of exercise to do and how much to do it can be difficult. Rather than stress about it, check out some of these helpful guidelines and recommendations.

Quit Smoking

Quit Smoking

Recent studies have found that smoking is a significant cause of heart attacks in younger patients. No matter your age, consider getting rid of the tobacco in your life if you want to improve the health of your heart.

Control Your Blood Sugar

Blood Sugar Control

People who have diabetes or metabolic syndrome have a greatly increased risk of heart disease. Learn more about what you can do to reduce that risk.

Reduce Stress

Reduce Stress

Yep, you guessed it: stress plays a role in heart health, too. Exactly what kind of stress is involved and why it has the effect it does may surprise you. Once you know how stress is working against you, you can begin to de-stress your way to a healthier heart.

Manage Other Risks

Other Heart Risks

Although you'll find many of the major players affecting heart disease discussed above, there are lots of other factors that can have an important role in your heart health.

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