We could all make a few more healthy choices in our lives. Here are five that will show your heart some love:
- Check your cholesterol. High cholesterol contributes to a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease and stroke. Talk to your primary care provider about your cholesterol numbers.
- Quit smoking. According to the American Heart Association, almost one-third of deaths from coronary heart disease are due to smoking and secondhand smoke. Do what you can to cut back or quit
- Avoid secondhand smoke. Exposure to secondhand smoke has immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system and can cause coronary heart disease and stroke. Do what you can to limit your and your loved ones’ exposure to secondhand smoke.
- Manage your stress. Heart disease is more common in individuals subject to chronic stress. Identify the things in your life that stress you out, and find healthy ways to reduce their effect on you.
- Watch your alcohol. Heavy drinking (more than one drink per night for women and two drinks per night for men) is linked to a number of poor health outcomes, including heart conditions. Reduce your alcohol consumption and improve your heart’s health.