There are actually many things that you can easily do to decrease the risk of heart disease. A committee of experts with the American Heart Association created a strategic plan to reduce cardiovascular disease. They identified seven of the most important behaviours people can follow to protect their cardiovascular health:
- Exercise - “Exercise is the type of medicine that appears to produce benefits no matter how small the dose”
- Eat right - You should eat nuts, fruits and vegetables, seafood, fermented foods and healthy fats more often.
- Lower blood pressure - Controlling your weight, moderating your alcohol intake, being physically active and watching your salt and sugar intake are the best and easiest ways to make blood pressure lower.
- Lower your cholesterol - Fatty fish, nuts, soybeans, tofu, soy milk, citrus fruits, beans and vegetable can improve your cholesterol level.
- Know your blood sugar - Diabetics are four times more likely to die from heart disease.
- Maintain a healthy weight - Obesity is among the leading causes of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.
- Don't smoke - Smokers have double the risk of having a heart attack, and triple the risk of having a stroke.
So, preventing heart disease is more about controlling your habits rather than cordially changing them.