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.
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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