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Ten Steps To Conquering Heart Disease

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The biggest killer in America is mostly preventable.

Posted May 4, 2012



You may already know that heart disease is the No. 1 killer in America, and that factors like obesity increase your risk of developing it. But of all the shocking things you know—or believe you know—about heart disease, here’s the statistic that you might find the most eye-opening: 80 percent of all heart disease is preventable.

“It’s important that everyone understand as much as possible about heart disease prevention, as 80 percent of heart disease can be avoided,” says Dr. Martha Grogan, medical editor-in-chief of the new book Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart for Life!

Heart disease claims the lives of 600,000 Americans each year, and another 12.7 million suffer from heart attacks. One in three women are diagnosed with heart disease and 50 percent of men are at risk of heart attacks before age 65. Those statistics may make you feel like you, too, are in the cross-hairs for developing heart disease. Some lifestyle changes, however, can help you greatly reduce your risks.

In the new book, available now online and in bookstores nationwide, Mayo Clinic experts discuss risk factors for heart disease, how to recognize the symptoms, and what lifestyle steps you can take to help reduce your risk. The catchphrase “Eat 5, Move 10, Sleep 8” sums up the approach Mayo experts advocate to minimize heart disease risks. The slogan reminds you to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables each day, do at least 10 minutes of moderately intense physical exercise daily, and get at least eight hours of sleep per night.

In addition, Mayo experts say, 10 simple steps can help you minimize your risk of heart disease. Here’s a sampling of the steps that you’ll find in the clinic’s new heart healthy book:

In addition to offering solid advice and the 10 steps to heart health, the “Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart for Life!” also discusses how the heart functions, what can go wrong, tools for ongoing heart health, and tips on how to keep your whole family heart healthy.

“Following these steps can help you dramatically reduce your risk of heart disease, even though it can’t be completely eliminated,” Grogan says. “If you’ve done everything in your power to prevent heart disease or live with it as effectively as possible, then you have, indeed, conquered it.”

Article credit: ARAContent.com.

 

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