Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S., accounting for 36% of deaths annually. Someone dies from heart disease every minute in the U.S. and someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds. Heart disease adds billions to our annual health care costs and the bill for medication and lost productivity is staggering.
The good news is that heart disease is highly preventable by following a healthy lifestyle. The American Heart Association has identified seven behaviors that have the biggest impact on maintaining heart health:
- Get active
- Eat better
- Lose weight/maintain healthy weight
- Control cholesterol
- Manage blood pressure
- Reduce blood sugar
- Stop smoking
Small changes matter, as does making needed changes before you develop a chronic condition such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol. While medication may reduce your risk for a heart attack or stroke, it can’t eliminate the risk. It’s better to protect your heart’s health by developing a healthy lifestyle before you get the wake-up call of high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
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