Heart health is a challenge for millions of Americans. Half of all Americans are estimated to have at least one of the top three risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking. There are many ways, however, that you can improve your heart health:
- Don’t start or quit smoking.
- Manage chronic conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
- Eat a healthy diet that is high in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein and low in saturated fat, added sugar, and salt.
- Stay active.
If you have concerns about your heart health or would like tips on how to improve your heart health, talk to your health care provider. Learn more about American Heart Month and your “heart age” here.