5 Simple Changes Toward a Healthier Heart [CDC]

Heart health may seem like a complex topic, or something that requires a doctor to achieve. With February being American Heart Month, the CDC outlines 5 simple changes you can make toward a healthier heart. [Original

1. Schedule a visit with your doctor to talk about heart health. It’s important to schedule regular check-ups even if you think you are not sick. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and trust their advice.

2. Add exercise to your daily routine. Start off the month by walking 15 minutes, 3 times each week. By mid-month, increase your time to 30 minutes, 3 times each week.

3. Increase healthy eating. Cook heart-healthy meals at home at least 3 times each week and make your favorite recipe lower sodium. For example, swap out salt for fresh or dried herbs and spices.

4. Take steps to quit smoking. If you currently smoke, quitting can cut your risk for heart disease and stroke. Learn more at CDC’s Smoking and Tobacco Use website .

5. Take medication as prescribed. Talk with your doctor about the importance of high blood pressure and cholesterol medications [PDF]. If you’re having trouble taking your medicines on time or if you’re having side effects, ask your doctor for help.

[ Original Article: https://www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/ ]

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