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How to Prevent Heart Disease

How to Prevent Heart DiseaseHeart disease is the leading cause of death. That doesn’t mean you can’t do things to try to prevent it. Some heart disease risk factors cannot be avoided such as your family history, sex or age. However, there are some vital prevention steps you can take to help avoid heart disease.

How to Prevent Heart Disease

Smoking & Heart Disease

One of the biggest risks that increases the chances of developing heart disease is smoking or using tobacco. The chemicals that are found in tobacco can damage your heart and blood vessels. This leads to atherosclerosis, which is a narrowing of the arteries. Atherosclerosis can ultimately lead to a heart attack. When considering heart disease prevention, cutting back on smoking is cannot be justified. Smoking any amount of tobacco is unsafe. Smokeless tobacco, low-tar and low-nicotine cigarettes also are also a risk factor, along with exposure to secondhand smoke. Even if you are a heavy smoker, quitting the habit can produce quick results. In fact, the risk of developing heart disease will drop significantly within the first year.

Exercise Helps Prevent Heart Disease

Sticking to a regular exercise schedule can help to reduce your risk of fatal heart disease. Regular exercise helps you to control your weight. This reduces the risks of developing other conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes, all of which could strain your heart. Exercise is also a great way to reduce stress, which is good for preventing heart disease.

On most days of the week you should try to get at least 30 to 60 minutes of moderately intense physical exercise. However, even shorter amounts of exercise offer benefits to preventing heart disease. If you can divide your workout time into 10-minute sessions this will still be a great step in creating a healthy lifestyle.

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  1. December 10, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Exercising serves so many important factors for your body. Having a strong heart will easily pay off in the long run.

  2. December 10, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Heart disease is one of the highest killers of most Americans. Spreading awareness and knowing the symptoms are a great place to start.

  3. November 14, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Reblogged this on Center For Balanced Health.

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