You don’t have to make big changes to reduce your heart attack and stroke risk. Here are 7 healthy habits that could save your life:
Live smoke-free. If you smoke, quit.
Monitor your blood pressure. Keep your numbers below 120/80 mm Hg.
Maintain a healthy weight. Target a body mass index (BMI) of less than 25.
Watch your cholesterol. Strive for a total cholesterol less than 200 mg/dL.
Control your blood sugar. Aim for a fasting blood glucose less than 100 mg/dL.
Get active. Log 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity – like brisk walking – per week ( or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity).
Eat a heart-healthy diet. Make vegetables and fruits, whole grains, and fish mealtime staples. Limit sodium, saturated fat, and added sugar.
Source: American Heart Association