Prevent Heart Disease

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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If you want to prevent heart disease, you need to develop and adhere to a healthy diet, an active lifestyle, lower body weight and physical fitness. Cardiovascular disease is the number 1 killer of American adults. You don't want to be a victim. If you have let yourself get lazy, put on the extra pounds, let your membership in the tennis club lapse, and always use a cart when playing golf, then you need to rethink things.

You need to prevent heart disease before it happens to you because it can stop you in your tracks at any age. It can strike even when you don't think you're at risk. The first thing to do is to assess your risks. The second, depending on your lifestyle and history, is to either address the risks you face and avoid the ones you can.

A number of the risks are givens you simply have to deal with: your age, your gender, your race, your genetic make-up. Studies show that older men and postmenopausal women are more prone, as are blacks and Hispanics. Those with a family history of heart disease must be especially careful. If you want to prevent heart disease in yourself, you need to be aware of all this.

How Do You Prevent Heart Disease?

At the top of the list is always a healthy diet and plenty of aerobic exercise (walk those 18 holes and sit around afterwards). Not smoking is up there, as is keeping stress to a minimum. High blood pressure is a problem best addressed by your doctor. Your doctor is also the one to prescribe treatment if you have high cholesterol, which is a leading contributor to heart disease. Maybe you can't prevent heart disease all by yourself, but if you don't work toward it, no one can help you.

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