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6. Get Moving Toward Better Heart Health

Implementing and adhering to a healthful eating pattern is a critical part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. As you’ve read in the previous chapters, making the right food choices in the right amounts has been shown time and again to be associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

Additionally, the foods

1. The Heart of the Matter

To fully appreciate the importance of following a heart-healthy lifestyle, it’s helpful to understand the impact that cardiovascular disease (a term that refers to conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels) has on the population of the United States. Consider these 2018 statistics from the American Heart Association (AHA):

Cardiovascular

Step Into Spring With These Walking Tips

Walking is one of the most enjoyable and healthful activities you can do. It’s good for both body and mind. As you walk, blood vessels in your arms and legs expand and fill with fresh
oxygen and nutrients, and your muscles reach out to your stored carbohydrates for fuel. Also, increasing

Blood Pressure Chart: Where Do Your Numbers Fit?

Blood Pressure Chart: Where Do Your Numbers Fit?

A nurse takes your blood pressure at your annual physical. The numbers are recorded and the checkup continues. But do you know where on the blood pressure chart your levels are? Are they healthy? Too low? Too high, meaning you have hypertension? If you have high blood pressure or are

High Cholesterol: 10 Ways It Can Harm Your Body

High Cholesterol: 10 Ways It Can Harm Your Body

High cholesterol can have wide-ranging effects—both direct and indirect—on your heart and several other organs served by your vascular system. As cholesterol builds in the arteries of your heart, brain, and throughout your body, it usually does so silently. In some cases, the first signs of atherosclerosis may be a

Benefits of Aerobic Exercise: Healthier Heart, Bones, Lungs, and More

Benefits of Aerobic Exercise: Healthier Heart, Bones, Lungs, and More

We don’t hear the term “aerobic exercise” bandied about as often as we once did, but make no mistake: This type of activity remains the key to a healthy heart. Let’s look at the benefits of aerobic exercise.

First, what exactly is aerobic exercise?

Aerobic exercise is continuous physical activity using large

Silent Heart Attack: What It Means and How to React

Silent Heart Attack: What It Means and How to React

The phrase “silent heart attack” suggests an event that comes and goes without much fanfare. And while it’s true you can have an actual heart attack without realizing it at the time, the signs of a silent heart attack can include real damage to your heart muscle. “Just like the

Mild Heart Attack Symptoms: What Do They Mean?

Mild Heart Attack Symptoms: What Do They Mean?

What is a “mild heart attack”? You may have heard the expression and wondered exactly what it means. A bone can have a hairline fracture or a major break. A stroke can have relatively minor consequences or be severely debilitating. So can a heart attack be mild or major?

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