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Wellness news: Tips on reducing your risk for heart disease

Feb 28, 2017

Heart disease is a term that encompasses a range of diseases that affect the heart. Heart disease, or cardiovascular disease, generally refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain or stroke. Making and keeping a few healthy habits can help you decrease your risk for heart disease:

  • Maintain a healthy weight: Even taking off a few pounds can be beneficial. Focus on eating a healthy diet and increasing physical activity to lose the extra weight.
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet: Eating a heart-healthy diet can reduce your risk for heart disease. Eating more fiber helps reduce cholesterol and manage weight.
  • Get moving: Regular physical activity can help control cholesterol and blood pressure, and help maintain a healthy weight. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity five days a week and/or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week for health benefits.
  • Stop smoking: Cigarette smokers have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Speak with your physician to understand what method may be the best for you to use. Find quit smoking programs in your area or on the internet. Many hospitals, public health departments, telephone hotlines and employers offer tobacco cessation program that provide support from trained professionals to help you create healthy non-smoking habits.
  • Manage stress: Stress can have many health implications especially for heart health. Creating new healthy habits can help you cope with stress.
  • Know your numbers: High cholesterol, high blood pressure and uncontrolled blood sugars are all associated with increased risk for heart disease. Track these values on a regular basis with your physician.

For more information on each of these categories and on reducing your risk for heart disease go to  (First time users must enter EAPBusiness as your company Web ID and enter UNIVE as your employer name).

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