Friday, February 4, 2011

Kicking Heart Disease to the Curb

Cardiovascular disease claims the lives of more women than the next five causes of death combined - almost twice as many as all forms of cancer.



Fortunately, the risk for cardiovascular disease can be greatly reduced if you start with small, simple actions like these:

Celebrate with a checkup!! 
Yearly screenings are extremely important in detecting the early signs of cardiovascular disease. Pick the same date each year - such as a birthday - to remind you that it's time for your annual checkup.

Don't be afraid to ask!!
Talk with your doctor about how you can reduce your risk for heart disease.
Exercise. Step, march, or jog in place for at least 30 minutes most days of the week - you can even do it while watching TV.

Kick the habit.
Can't go "cold turkey?" Cut the number of cigarettes you smoke each day in half; then cut that number in half; cut it in half again; finally, cut down to zero!
Strive to lose weight. By cutting just 200 to 300 calories a day - about one candy bar's worth - a woman can lose up to two pounds per week and gradually bring herself closer to a heart-healthy weight.

Become a salt detective!!
Review the nutrition facts panel on packaged foods to see how much sodium (salt) they contain. Aim for a total intake of no more than 2,300 milligrams (about a teaspoon of salt) per day.

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