Don’t Let Heart Disease Sneak Up On You
Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States and is responsible for 30 percent of deaths worldwide. Heart disease includes a variety of conditions that affect the heart chambers, heart valves, or blood vessels. Many people think of heart disease as something that strikes suddenly in the form of a heart attack, but most heart disease develops gradually.
Don’t let heart disease sneak up on you. Make these simple lifestyle changes to keep your heart healthy:
- Exercise regularly.
- Eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Get regular blood pressure and cholesterol screenings.
- Quit smoking and other tobacco products.
It’s also vital to look out for symptoms of heart disease and report them to your doctor. Symptoms may include:
- Chest pain
- Irregular beating or fluttering in the heart
- Swelling, numbness, weakness, or discoloration in limbs
- Shortness of breath
- Lightheadedness and fainting
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|Last Modified: 9/25/2012 3:00:29 PM