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Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

Overview

You can help keep your heart and blood vessels healthy by having a heart-healthy lifestyle. These healthy habits include eating healthy, being active, staying at a weight that's healthy for you, getting the screening tests you need, and not smoking.

A heart-healthy lifestyle is important for everyone, not just for people with existing health problems. It can help you keep your heart and blood vessels healthy. If you already have health problems, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure, a healthy lifestyle can help you lower your risk of a heart attack and stroke.

If you have children, you can be their healthy role model. If your habits are healthy, your children are more likely to build those habits in their own lives.

  • Try to quit or cut back on using tobacco and other nicotine products.

    This includes smoking and vaping. Everyone who uses tobacco would benefit from quitting. When you quit —no matter how old you are—you will decrease your risk of heart attack, stroke, and many other health problems.

    Try to avoid secondhand smoke too.

  • Eat healthy foods.

    Eating healthy foods is one of the best things you can do to prevent and control many health problems, including heart and blood vessel disease.

  • Be active.

    Improving your fitness is good for your heart and blood vessels, as well as the rest of your body. Being active helps lower your risk of health problems. And it helps you feel good.

  • Stay at a weight that's healthy for you.

    Talk to your doctor if you need help losing weight. A healthy weight can help keep your heart and body as healthy as possible.

  • Get a healthy amount of sleep.

    Try to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. This amount of sleep can help your heart, body, and mind stay as healthy as possible.

  • Manage other health problems.

    Managing health conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, can help keep your heart and body as healthy as possible. If you think you may have a problem with alcohol or drug use, talk to your doctor.

  • Get screening tests.

    Seeing your doctor regularly and getting screening tests is important. The sooner your doctor diagnoses a disease, the more likely it can be cured or managed. The tests you might have to check your risk for heart and blood vessel problems depend on your age, health, sex, and risk factors. Talk to your doctor to find out which tests are right for you.

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Current as of: June 24, 2023

Author: Healthwise Staff
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