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Healthy Heart Tips


To ensure that you have good heart health, take action in achieving these 5 tips. Even if its just one or two of these areas, you can decrease your chances of getting heart disease.

1.) Aim for at least 7 hours of sleep.
In one study, young and middle-age adults who slept 7 hours a night had less calcium in their arteries (an early sign of heart disease) than those who slept 5 hours or less or those who slept 9 hours or more.

2.) Keep the pressure off
It is important to visit the doctor for a blood pressure reading every 3-5 years if you are18-39 years old, if you are 40 or older or have high blood pressure get checked every year. By getting a cuff reading of your blood pressure the amount of pressure flowing through your arteries with every heartbeat can be measured.

3.) Slash saturated fats
Cut down on the amount of saturated fats you consume to help with the heart's function and the flow of blood through the arteries. Choose leaner cuts and reduced-fat options.

4. ) Find out if you have diabetes.
Millions of people have diabetes but do not know it. Over time, high blood sugar that is not regulated can damage the arteries and put you at risk for heart disease.
Your doctor should test your blood sugar if you are 45 or older, if you are pregnant, or if you're overweight and have other risk factors for diabetes.

5.) Move more
Aim for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week of moderate exercise. This can include activities that get you moving around and breaking a slight sweat. Break up look periods of time of sitting with standing or walking while talking on the phone or watching TV.

For more heart health tips visit WebMD.