Heart Disease is the number one killer for both men and women, and is largely due to develop of plaque build-up the heart’s blood vessels. When plaque is builds up, it can lead to heart attack, stroke, etc.
Consider taking a heart health assessment as well as getting your annual screening. Also, be aware of the actions you should take to help avoid heart problems:
- Have cholesterol screened regularly and make sure that total cholesterol is 200 mg/dL or less.
- Keep Blood Pressure in a healthy range. A healthy individual should have a blood pressure under 130/80. However, people with certain conditions, such as diabetes, should keep their blood pressure lower.
- Healthy individuals should shoot for a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week. (Remember to always speak to your doctor before beginning any exercise program)
- Everyone should try to incorporate a balanced diet that contains plenty of fruits and vegetables followed by grains, fish, nuts, lean meats, and lower-fat dairy items. Also, people should try to avoid saturated fats and especially avoid trans fats.
- Don not smoke, and steer clear of second-hand smoke.
- Individuals should maintain a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9. A BMI over 25 is considered overweight and over 30 is considered obese. (Click here to calculate your BMI)