How does exercise benefit heart health in women?

For women, regular exercise helps prevent heart attacks and strokes. It can also help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity per week to improve overall cardiovascular health. An easy goal to remember is 30 minutes per day, five times per week.

Women who walk or do other exercise daily experience less cardiovascular aging. They have fewer heart attacks and strokes, lower blood pressure, and higher blood levels of heart-protective high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. The heart-healthy benefits of being physically active add up fast. In as little as 90 days, doctors can actually measure the age-reducing effects of regular exercise.

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Treat your heart right by eating healthy, staying active and managing your stress. Although some heart conditions are heredity, you can reduce your risk by keeping your cholesterol and blood pressure at healthy levels, avoiding to...

bacco products and losing some pounds if you are obese or overweight. A diet high in fiber, veggies and fruits is essential for a healthy heart. Vitamins and supplements, such as fish oil, may help reduce your cholesterol, which if too high can cause blockage in your arteries and lead to a heart attack. If you arteries are blocked, you may need a stent or cardiac angioplasty device to open your blood vessels, which can help prevent a heart attack. Because heart disease is the number one killer of adults in the U.S., taking care of your heart is essential for a long life. If you have a family history of heart disease, it is especially important for you to manage your hearts health.

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