Heart Disease

What can I do to prevent heart disease as I age?

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  • AAlvaro Gomez, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered on behalf of Baptist Health South Florida
    Do the following to prevent heart disease:
    • Keep a healthy diet. Follow a plan that restricts consumption of saturated fats, trans fat, cholesterol and added sugars. Make sure your diet contains plenty of fruits and vegetables, fiber-rich whole grains, fish, nuts, legumes and seeds. Choose fat-free and low-fat dairy products and lean meats and poultry. Limit consumption of beverages with added sugar.
    • Get your exercise. Studies have shown that even a daily brisk walk can have positive effects on your heart health. Muscle-strengthening activities are also recommended.
  • AUCLA Health answered

    Heart disease is still the leading cause of death in Americans, but we can decrease its incidence with a healthy lifestyle and diet. Here are seven recommendations from the American Heart Association to remain heart-healthy as you age:

    • Eat a healthy diet
    • Stop smoking
    • Exercise regularly
    • Maintain a healthy weight
    • Manage your blood pressure
    • Know your cholesterol scores
    • Manage your blood sugar
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