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5 simple steps to improve your heart health

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Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in this country. One in four deaths or more than 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States each year.

Taking steps to prevent and control heart disease can greatly reduce your risk.

To prevent heart disease, there are five simple things you can do:

1. Eat healthy. Eat foods that are high in fiber, but low in trans fat, saturated fat, and sodium. Eat at least five fruits and vegetables everyday.

2. Exercise regularly. Try to stay active for at least 30-60 minutes a day. Staying active does not mean you have to have an intense workout everyday; it just means to keep moving.

3. See your doctor regularly. Regular doctor’s visits can help recognize warning signs.

4. Don’t smoke. If you do smoke, quit. Cigarette smoking greatly increases your risk for heart disease.

Talk with your healthcare provider or visit the New York State Smokers Quitline at www.nysmokefree.com.

5. Limit alcohol. Drinking too much alcohol can raise your blood pressure. Men should have no more than two drinks per day and women should have no more than one drink per day.

Your heart is the most important muscle in your body. Keep it healthy and fit for a long and productive life.

For more information regarding heart health please contact the Livingston County Department of Health at 243-7299 or visit its website http://www.livingstoncounty.us/doh

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