Protect your heart

5 Ways to Protect Your Heart

Did you know heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States? In 2020, 690,882 deaths were attributed to heart disease, a 4.8% increase from 2019, ranking as the largest increase in heart disease deaths since 2012. Heart disease is a broad term that refers to several types of heart conditions, from genetic defects to blood-vessel diseases. The most common types of heart disease are coronary artery disease (CAD), cardiomyopathy, heart arrhythmias, and heart valve disease. While these illnesses can be fatal, they don’t have to be. About 90% of risk for heart disease can be explained by smoking, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, poor weight management, and leveled biomarkers, such as high blood pressure and blood lipid levels. The most important way to lower your risk and prevent heart disease is to adopt a healthy lifestyle. 1.Know your risk factors Roughly half of all Americans have at least 1 or 3 major risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking. Some risk factors cannot be controlled, like family health history or genetics, but by knowing your risk factors, you can take steps necessary to control the ones you can. 2. Choose …

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