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Exercise – regular exercise or walking can improve your lipid profile, decrease blood pressure and prevent weight gain. 20 minutes of exercise 4-5 times a week is a great start.

 

BMI – Body Mass Index is a numerical value of your weight in relation to your height. BMIs are good indicators of healthy or unhealthy weights for adult men and women.  A BMI of between 18-25 kg/m² indicates a healthy weight. BMI calculator link (https://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/WeightManagement/BodyMassIndex/Body-Mass-Index-In-Adults-BMI-Calculator-for-Adults_UCM_307849_Article.jsp#bmiswf)

 

Lipid monitoring – Cholesterol plays a major role in a person’s heart health. High blood cholesterol is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease and stroke. HDL (H for Happy or Healthy Cholesterol) should be above 40. LDL (L for Lousy Cholesterol) should be below 70.

 

Nicotine addiction – Smoking is the most important preventable cause of premature death in the United States. Smokers have a higher risk of developing many chronic disorders, including atherosclerosis which can lead to coronary artery disease, heart attack (myocardial infarction) and stroke. Controlling or reversing atherosclerosis is an important part of preventing future heart attack or stroke.