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- What is Heart Disease?
- Risk Factors
- Warning Signs
- Protect Against Heart Disease
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Protect Against Heart Disease
How can I protect myself and my family?
You can prevent heart disease by practicing healthy living habits and preventing or treating medical conditions. These include:
- Eating a healthy diet
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Getting enough physical activity
- Not smoking
- Limiting alcohol use
- Checking your cholesterol
- Controlling your blood pressure
- Managing your diabetes
- Taking your medicine
- Talking with your health care team1
To learn more about heart disease, its risk factors, and how you can reduce your risk visit the websites listed below:
- American Heart Association
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health
- Lifestyle Change Program for Persons with Disabilities
- Guidance for Being Physically Active for Someone in a Wheelchair
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, 2015. Preventing heart disease: healthy living habits. Retrieved December 3, 2019, from: https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/healthy_living.htm