For the heart of it
By Ann Bermudez, Army Medicine Public AffairsJanuary 30, 2017
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when you make healthy choices and manage your health conditions. Communities, health professionals and Families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease.To lower your risk:-Watch your weight.
-Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
-Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
-If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
-Get active and eat healthy.Taking care of your heart can keep you resilient and fit to perform. The Army's Performance Triad focuses on quality sleep, regular activity and proper nutrition, which together can support a healthy weight and a healthy heart.
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