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Your Heart : Your Engine!

Have you been thinking about your heart health lately?

Your heart is your engine, driving vital molecules to your tissues.

There are some modifiable behaviors that you may have that can reduce your likelihood of developing heart disease.

Although this list sounds like it might be raining on your party, it's important, so have a look...

  1. Diet - too much saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol has been linked to heart disease and related conditions.

  2. Exercise - not getting enough physical activity can lead to heart disease. We all need to be exercising at least 150 minutes per week.

  3. Obesity - being too heavy just means a lot of extra work for your heart - work it was not designed to do.

  4. Alcohol - too much alcohol can raise blood pressure levels and risk of heart disease. Women should have no more than 1 drink a day; Men not more than 2.

  5. Smoking - smoking yourself or even exposure to other people’s secondhand smoke increases the risk of heart disease.

Take care of your body, my friends! It’s the only one you get!

Amanda Cudney, BSN, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

For more information go to cdc.gov

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