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Simple Exercises, Shopping Decisions Can Help Lower Heart Disease Risk|
STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Nearly everyone knows that the building blocks of good health are eating right and moving more. It’s in the details that people fall off the wagon. But there are simple steps individuals can take to eliminate some of the guesswork and improve their health.
The statistics are staggering. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer for women in this country, with one in three women dying from it, according to the American Heart Association. An estimated 90 percent of women meet at least one criteria for risk factors that can predict heart disease. The association also estimates that 80 percent of women’s cardiac events could be prevented by making lifestyle changes.
“It is crucial that women, and men, take control of their health by making simple lifestyle changes,” said Dr. Poongodhai Ramachandran, a physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Stephenville. “Cutting back on salt, exercising daily, eating fruits and vegetables, lowering stress — all of these seemingly small actions can make a big difference in whether you will face heart disease in years to come.”
Exercises for heart health
“Many people underestimate the power of walking,” Ramachandran said. “It’s free, easy and can be done nearly anytime. Exercise doesn’t have to be about spending an hour in a gym. It can be a walk around the block that grows longer each week. Those seemingly small steps can have a big impact on your health.”
The American Heart Association also offers other tips for incorporating exercise into your day:
Heart healthy grocery shopping
“Individuals should be aware of the ingredients of the foods they eat and try to incorporate whole grains, fruits, and vegetables into their diets,” Ramachandran said.
With a little guidance, eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult. The American Heart Association offers the following tips:
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