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Heart disease is leading cause of death in the United States, and the best way to prevent it is to understand its risks and contributing factors. Heart disease is most commonly referred to as
coronary heart disease
Factors including family history can increase your risk of heart disease or heart attack. Knowing your risk factors and visiting your doctor for regular check-ups is an important step in your journey to prevention. Even small
can help reduce your risk for heart disease.
The risk factors for a heart attack or heart disease include:
The Centura Cardiac and Vascular Network
comes together to maintain the highest standards of education and reduce the number of cardiac patients in need of assistance through community efforts to diminish heart disease in our State.
While its obvious that exercise is good for your body as a whole, its particularly important for the health of your heart. Keeping a steady, physical regimen improves the oxygen distribution throughout the body, strengthening your internal functions. Physical activity is recommended three to five times each week, or at least 30 minutes each day. If you cannot find 30 consecutive minutes in the day, break your physical activity into shorter segments.
Nutrition and Eating Right
Eating foods that are naturally low in fat including whole grains, fruits and vegetables are great for lowering your cholesterol and keeping your heart healthy.
American Heart Association
recommends a variety of "smart" food substitutions to help lower saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol. When cooking at home, substituting certain foods in your recipes will increase the nutritional value of your meals.
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