Reward Your Life With Heart-Healthy Choices
Did you know that heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in America, and that about every 43 seconds someone suffers from a heart attack? These are hard statistics to read, but the more educated you become about ways to decrease risk is a step in the right direction toward a healthier and longer life.
When arteries become clogged and narrow due to a buildup of fat, cholesterol or other substances such as plaque, oxygen-rich blood flow is reduced and the risk for heart disease, heart attack and stroke significantly increases. If an artery is blocked that feeds the brain, it may cause a stroke, and if an artery is blocked that feeds the heart, it may cause a heart attack.
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends these top tips to help prevent heart disease: schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider to learn about personal risk; quit smoking; start an exercise program; and modify diet with smart substitutions, healthy snacking ideas and better prep methods. For example, limiting sweets and added sugars (especially sugary drinks), sodium and salt, saturated fat, and fatty or processed meats makes a big difference!
To learn more about heart disease and heart attack symptoms, visit AHA’s website at www.heart.org.
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