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Diet and Exercise Help the Heart

A rigorous, short-term diet and exercise program can reduce the risk of heart disease, says the American Heart Association. A study of obese men found those who consumed a diet high in whole grains, vegetables and fruit and who took a daily walk for 45 to 60 minutes lowered their blood pressure. High blood pressure is a risk factor for congestive heart failure, kidney disease, coronary artery disease and stroke.

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