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Health Tip: Protect Your Heart

Here's what you can do

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(HealthDay News) -- Your lifestyle plays a key role in determining your heart health. And it's never too early or too late to begin protecting your heart.

The American Heart Association suggests:

  • Adopt a healthy eating regimen, focusing on foods with low salt and low saturated fat. Eat plenty of whole grains, fruits, vegetables and fish.
  • Choose lean meats and low-fat dairy products.
  • Exercise regularly! Aim for at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise.
  • At least twice per week, perform strengthening exercises that work all of your muscles.
  • Make sure children get a minimum of one hour of exercise per day.
  • Learn the warning signs of heart attack or stroke, such as chest pain or tightness, shortness of breath, pressure, dizziness or weakness on one side of the body.


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