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It’s time to make a commitment to your heart

December 29, 2016

As fans mourn the loss of Carrie Fisher, who reportedly died following a heart attack, there has been a new focus on the impact of heart disease on women’s health. And the news is not good.

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, one in four women in the United States dies of heart disease, while one in 30 dies of breast cancer.  

So, what makes you at risk for heart disease? Unfortunately, age, gender, family history and a previous heart attack or stroke are risk factors that you cannot necessarily control.

But there are some that you can control. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “about half of all Americans (47%) have at least one of the three key risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking.”

There is something you can do about these risk factors. The first is to practice healthy living habits, to include maintaining a healthy diet that is rich with fresh fruits and vegetables and fewer processed foods. Keep your weight down and your physical activity up. By keeping physically active, you will lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Finally, give up smoking and limit your alcohol intake for your best chance to reduce your risks of heart disease. 

Get started today by checking out these heart-healthy recipes and exercises.

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