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Tips for Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

When you choose healthy behaviors, you can lower your heart disease risk while also preventing other serious chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes and some kinds of cancer.

Learn Your Health History
Know your risks and talk to your family and doctor about your health history.

Eat a Healthy Diet
Make healthy food choices like more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products. Eat less salt, saturated fat, and added sugar.

Move More, Sit Less
Get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week, plus muscle-strengthening activities at least 2 days a week.

Quit Smoking
Quitting smoking can greatly reduce heart disease risk. Start your quit plan today and take the first step now!

Take Medicines as Directed
If you take medicine to treat high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes, follow your doctor’s instructions carefully.

Always ask questions if you don’t understand something. Never stop taking your medicine without talking to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.

Rethink Your Drink
Substitute water for sugary drinks to reduce calories. If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.