Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Luckily, you can help prevent heart disease by making simple changes to your daily life. To celebrate American Heart Month, try some of these heart-healthy tips:
1-Minute Tip: Floss your teeth. Studies show that the bacteria in your mouth from gum disease may also increase your risk of heart disease. So take care of you dental hygiene and make flossing a daily habit.
5-Minute Tip: Review the symptoms of heart attack. Knowing what to look for can help ensure you or your loved ones get immediate treatment if a heart attack is suspected. Check the list of common symptoms here.
15-Minute Tip: Search for recipes that are low in saturated fat. Eating too much saturated fat can raise your cholesterol and increase your risk of heart disease. Look for options that include lean meats, fish, or low-fat dairy items.
30-Minute Tip: Try tai chi or yoga. Both are great options for reducing stress and promoting relaxation. There are plenty of videos available online so you can learn the basics or try it out at home before committing to a class.
This article first appeared in the February 2019 edition of the HealthPerks newsletter.