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Health Tip: Protect Yourself From Hardened Arteries

Here's what you can do

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(HealthDay News) -- Plaque that builds up in arteries reduces blood flow and makes arteries more rigid -- a condition known as atherosclerosis.

The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute suggests these preventive tips:

  • Adopt a heart-healthy diet that's rich in fruit, vegetables, low-fat dairy, whole grains and lean proteins. Avoid foods high in fat, sugar and salt.
  • Get plenty of regular exercise.
  • Don't smoke.
  • If you have excess weight, find a program that's healthy and works for you to help you shed pounds.
  • Find out your family medical history, and tell your doctor if you have relatives with atherosclerosis.


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