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How to Manage Risk Factors for Heart Disease

Part of the Heart Disease For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Minimizing your chance of developing heart disease is a matter of common sense and incorporating heart-healthy activities into your life. The following list contains five keys to a heart-healthy lifestyle:

  • Control high blood pressure. Optimal blood pressure is 120/80 or below.

  • Control your cholesterol levels. Desirable levels for total cholesterol are below 200 milligrams per deciliter. The lower, the better.

  • Accumulate at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most, if not all, days.

  • Maintain your body weight at healthy levels — a body mass index between 19 and 25.

  • If you smoke, quit.

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