Every year heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States with 1 in 4 deaths caused by heart disease. However, heart disease can often be prevented by making healthy choices and managing current health conditions. Celebrate National Wear Red Day February 5, 2016 to raise awareness about women and heart disease February 5, 2016.
What can I do to prevent heart disease?
- Ask your doctor what your blood pressure should be. People with high blood pressure are 4 times more likely to die from a stroke and 3 times more likely to die from heart disease, compared to those with normal blood pressure.* The CDC has put out this guide to help manage your blood pressure.
- Quit smoking—and if you don’t smoke, don’t start. For smoking cessation tips, click here.
- Reduce sodium intake. Start by eating less fast food and more fresh fruits & vegetables.Read ways to reduce your sodium intake here.
- Diet and Exercise. Consult your doctor if you have any medical conditions.