Heart news

Check out the latest medical news to help you get your heart in shape.

Men versus women
Having diabetes raises your risk for heart disease. And recent research shows that women with type 2 diabetes are twice as likely as men to have heart disease. The good news is that women can lower their risk with more frequent and strenuous exercise.

Source: American Heart Association

Stay young at heart
New research shows that your heart may actually be aging faster than you are: Approximately 69 million Americans between 30 and 74 years old were found to have a heart age that’s five years older than their actual age. This puts them at a much higher risk for heart attack and stroke. Heart age is the calculated age of your cardiovascular system based on personal risk factors, such as high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, diabetes status and body mass index. But you can improve your heart age by taking action. Quit smoking, exercise regularly, eat heart-healthy foods most of the time and take medications as prescribed by your doctor.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Seven healthy ways to prevent heart failure
There’s some good news on the heart health front. New research shows that taking seven healthy steps can significantly lower your risk of heart failure. The American Heart Association’s “Life’s Simple 7” include:

  1. Keep your blood pressure in check.
  2. Control your cholesterol.
  3. Lower your blood sugar.
  4. Exercise regularly.
  5. Eat heart-healthy foods.
  6. Lose weight.
  7. Quit smoking.

Source: American Heart Association

 

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