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Day 2: Overall Heart Healthy Tips

 

Heart Health Tips from Detroit Medical Center on Vimeo.

Risk factors are habits and conditions that make heart disease more likely. Most risk factors can be managed to help make your heart healthier.

Don't Smoke
This is the biggest of all the risk factors you can change. Smoking damages the lining of the blood vessels and raises blood pressure.

Prevent or Control Diabetes
Diabetes causes high blood sugar, which can damage blood vessels if not kept under control. Having diabetes also makes you more likely to have a silent heart attackóone without any symptoms.

Eat Healthy
Lipids are fatty substances in the blood. LDL cholesterol and triglycerides (both bad lipids) can build up in artery walls, narrowing the arteries. Eating foods that are low in cholesterol can prevent heart disease.

Control Your Blood Pressure
High blood pressure occurs when blood pushes too hard against artery walls as it travels through the arteries. This damages the lining of the blood vessels. Youíre at risk if your blood pressure is 120/80 or higher.

Lose Weight
Excess weight makes your heart work harder. This raises your risk of a heart attack. Youíre at risk if your BMI (body-mass index) is 25 or higher.

Increase Your Exercise
Without regular exercise, youíre more likely to develop other risk factors, such as being overweight and developing diabetes. High blood pressure and unhealthy lipid levels are also more likely.

Reduce Stress
Emotions such as stress and pent-up anger have been linked to heart disease. Over time, these emotions could raise your heart disease risk. 

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