You can help keep your heart and blood vessels healthy by taking steps
toward a healthier lifestyle. These healthy habits include not smoking, eating right,
exercising regularly, staying at a healthy weight, and getting the screening tests
A heart-healthy lifestyle is important for everyone, not just for
people with existing health problems. It can help you keep your heart and blood vessels
healthy. If you already have heart or blood vessel problems, such as high cholesterol
or high blood pressure, a healthy lifestyle can help you lower your risk of a heart
attack and stroke.
If you have children, you can be their healthy role model.
If your habits are healthy, your children are more likely to build those habits in
their own lives.
uses tobacco would benefit from quitting. When you quit smoking-no matter how old
you are-you will decrease your risk of heart attack, stroke, and many other health
problems. For help with quitting smoking, see these topics:
Improving your fitness is good for your heart and blood vessels,
as well as the rest of your body. Being active helps lower your risk of health problems.
And it helps you feel good. For more information about being active, see these topics:
Seeing your doctor regularly and getting screening tests is
important. The sooner your doctor diagnoses a disease, the more likely it can be cured
or managed. To reduce your risk of heart and blood vessel problems, be sure to keep
an eye on your cholesterol and blood pressure. The tests you might have to check your
risk for heart and blood vessel problems depend on your age, health, gender, and
risk factors. Talk to your doctor to find out which tests are right for you.
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Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Martin
J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito,
MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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