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Easy Ways To Keep Your Heart Healthy

There is no body part more important than your heart. It is, quite literally, the center of your life, your body, and your health. Without a healthy heart, you cannot be healthy in general. Fortunately, there are many things you can do, in addition to your regular checkups and doctor visits, to keep your heart in tip-top shape.

Don't Smoke!

If you're not a smoker, then congratulations, your heart is already healthier than the hearts of those who indulge, even infrequently, in cigarettes.

If you are a smoker, then there's no better time to stop. Talk with your doctor about the many helpful stop-smoking aids and medications that are now available and find the one that's right for you.

Smoking is one of the main causes of heart disease and, in the end, it's just not worth it.

Eat Heart-Healthy

One of the major factors determining how healthy your heart is is the food you eat. While there are a lot of "eat this" and "don't eat this" lists floating around out there, the key is really just to consistently make healthy choices.

For best results, you'll want to make sure your diet is high in fruits, vegetables, and other natural, healthy foods. You should also cut back on fat and watch your cholesterol and sodium levels. Avoid unhealthy oils as well and avoid the snack, chip, and cookie aisle.

If you're really struggling with eating a healthy diet or if you have high cholesterol, hypertension, or other diet-related problems, get some advice from your doctor.


Do you have too much stress in your life? If you find that you're constantly worried and always running from one activity to the next, then it's time to de-stress. Stress is one of the major causes of heart disease and heart problems.

Begin by making a list of all the things you have to get done on a regular basis, and then see what you can cut back on. If it's not something that's absolutely necessary, then remember that it's okay to say no! The less stress you have in your life, the happier you'll be and the better off your heart will be.

As you can see, there are a lot of things you can do to keep your heart strong and healthy. Your doctor can also help you with finding ways to increase your heart health. Remember, too, that it's always important to see a specialist, such as ICE, Institute of Cardiovascular Excellence, if you have a family history of heart problems or if you are currently experiencing heart problems.