Heart disease risk factors you can control

3 risk factors you can change to take care of your heart

Heart disease affects more than 81 million Americans and is the No. 1 killer of both women and men.

While you can’t control your family history, gender and age, you can control and change these risk factors:

  1. Your weight. Try to squeeze in at least 30 minutes of exercise five times a week. Plus, fill your plate with healthy choices to help lower your heart disease risk factors and maintain a healthy weight.

  2. Your numbers. If you have high cholesterol and high blood pressure, you’re also at a higher risk for heart disease. You can help lower both by eating foods rich in whole grains, fruits, veggies and low-fat dairy products. Talk to your doctor to see what will work best for you.

  3. Smoking. If you smoke, kick the habit. Within one year of quitting smoking, your risk for heart disease is reduced by half.

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