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Tips to Improve Your Heart Health for a Healthy New Year

Have you made your 2015 New Year’s resolution checklist? The New Year is just around the corner, making this an ideal time to decide which unhealthy habits to leave behind. This year, choose to make your heart health a top priority.

Educate yourself and your loved ones and take action today for a heart healthy future. Better your chances of being here to enjoy your children and grandchildren for the years to come.

 

Make These Lifestyle Changes towards a Healthier Heart

The American Heart Association and WebMD give great tips on managing your heart health:

  • Go for nuts and greens- A handful of walnuts along with 3-4 servings daily of fresh greens can lower your cholesterol.
  • Drink a little alcohol a day to keep the heart disease away – For women up to one glass a day and, for men, up to two glasses a day can help reduce the risk of heart disease. But remember more is not merrier!
  • Stay away from the salt - Excess salt can raise your blood pressure, and hypertension is a major risk factor for heart disease. Cook with herbs instead of salt, and be conscious of food labels. 
  • Don’t forget breakfast - Your car can’t run on empty and neither can you. Starting the day off with a healthy and hard meal gives you the energy you need to conquer your day while also reducing the risk of heart disease.
  • Get plenty of sleep: Sleep 7 or more hours - Getting less than 7 hours of sleep per night can create higher blood pressure and increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol, making arteries more vulnerable to plaque buildup, leading to heart disease.
  • Keep your heart rate up - Exercising for at least 30 minutes a day helps manage weight, reducing your chances of developing other conditions that may put strain on your heart.

Making positive changes in any of these areas, can only improve your health. 2015 is your year to become heart healthy. Click below to learn more about how to reduce your risk of heart disease. 

American Heart Association

- Webmd.com 

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