Eat healthier foods. Cut down on alcohol. Stop smoking.
Cardiovascular disease is any disease of the heart, blood vessel or vascular disease of the brain. Heart attacks and strokes are prominent examples of cardiovascular disease.
Health experts offer a variety of things you can do to protect your heart. You can:
- Get active. Exercise 30 minutes a day.
- Stop smoking.
- Eat a healthy diet. Look for whole grains, lean meats, vegetables and foods low in saturated fats.
- Keep your weight within a normal range.
- Know your blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol numbers.
You can learn more about heart disease, including risk factors and statistics, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s heart disease page.