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.