10 ways to make your heart healthier
There is no better thing that you can do for yourself than to ensure a happy, healthy heart. Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, yet there is so much we can do to protect our hearts.
According to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC), 610,000 Americans die from heart disease each year — that's one in four deaths. Another 735,000 suffer a heart attack each year. For millions, a few lifestyle changes might have prevented an early death.
"Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most ethnicities in the United States, including African Americans, Hispanics, and whites. For American Indians or Alaska Natives and Asians or Pacific Islanders, heart disease is second only to cancer," the CDC says. To put it into perspective, someone in the United States has a heart attack every 42 seconds.
Your heart has been very good to you. You may think you have years before you have to worry about heart disease, but early prevention is essential for a healthy heart later on. "It's like finding the fountain of youth," Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD, of Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, told WebMD. "People who follow these steps not only live longer, but they also spend a lot more time healthy, without cardiovascular disease."
Here are a few recommendations to keep your ticker ticking well.