Heart Disease: 4 Prevention Tips

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Heart Disease: 4 Prevention Tips

The number-one killer in America is heart disease. More than 70 million Americans live with some form of it, and most aren’t taking any steps to prevent it.

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Here are some easy prevention tips that can make a difference.

1. Eat more oatmeal..

Making dietary changes like eating oatmeal and other high-fiber foods could decrease your risk of  heart disease.

Oatmeal contains soluble fiber. Research shows that eating 5 to 10 grams or more of soluble fiber a day decreases your low-density lipoprotein (LDL)—the “bad” cholesterol. In turn, this can reduce your chance of developing heart disease.

Eating 1 1/2 cups of cooked oatmeal provides 6 grams of fiber. Add a little fruit, and you can consume over 10 grams of fiber for breakfast.

2. Go for a walk.

Physical activity plays a large role in your heart health. According to the American Heart Association, inactivity is a major risk factor for developing coronary artery disease. Exercise such as walking can lower blood pressure, decrease the risk of diabetes and maintain a healthy heart. Consult your doctor to find the right level of physical activity for your heart.

3. Schedule a massage.

Managing stress is crucial to maintaining your overall health. Stress affects everyone differently. Understanding how it affects you could play an important role in heart-disease prevention. Take a break from your stress by scheduling a massage.

4. Have a sense of humor.

Tell a good joke; have a good laugh. Research shows that people who have a ready smile may decrease their chance of heart disease. Laughter increases blood flow and strengthens blood vessels, which may help guard against heart attacks. Laughter truly is the best medicine.

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