Several health conditions, your lifestyle, your age, and family history play a big role in your risk for heart disease. Your lifestyle is not only your best defense against heart disease and stroke, but it’s also something you can change. Here are some things you can do:
Aim for a healthy weight. Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most important things you can do to lower your risk of developing heart disease. If you’re overweight, losing just 5 to 10 percent of your current weight can make a big difference.
Exercise regularly. Regular exercise can also help manage your risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends you get 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise five days a week. Try including more walking into your daily routine or take advantage of our free Neighborhood Care virtual classes.
Eat a heart-healthy diet. It’s important to fuel your body with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fish. Fish are filled with omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. You should also aim to limit your salt intake each day. Talk to your doctor for help with incorporating nutritional meals into your diet.
Quit smoking. If you smoke, try to quit. If someone in your household smokes, you should also encourage them to quit. If you or your loved ones need help quitting, they can get help from the EmblemHealth Tobacco-Free Quit-Smoking program.
Take your medicine. Your doctor may prescribe medicines like statins and aspirin as part of your daily routine. They can help you lower your cholesterol, which can reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke.