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12 Steps to a Healthier Heart

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Small changes in your habit, diet and general lifestyle can go a long way to improving heart health. Here are Twelve Steps to a Healthy Heart

  1. Live smoke-free. If you smoke, quit.
  2. Monitor your blood pressure. Keep your numbers below 120/80 mmHg.
  3. Maintain a healthy weight. Target a Body Mass Index (BMI) of less than 25.
  4.  Watch your cholesterol. Strive for a total cholesterol of less than 200 mg/dL.
  5. Control your blood sugar. Aim for a fasting blood glucose of less than 100 mg/dL.
  6. Minimize your alcohol consumption. Reduce it at every chance.
  7. Get adequate sleep daily. 6 – 8 hours will do you good.
  8. Manage your stress levels better and pay attention to your mental health.
  9. Get active. Log 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity – like brisk walking (or 75 minutes of vigorous activity).
  10. Eat a heart-healthy diet. Make vegetables and fruits, whole grains and fish mealtime staples. Limit sodium, saturated fat and added sugar.
  11. Have sex regularly. Safe sex.
  12. Find out more about your heart health by scheduling a consultation with your Doctor.
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