Walking to improve heart health
First, get the go-ahead from your doctor, and then lace up your sneakers and start walking. It’s one of the easiest ways to improve your health. Regular brisk walking can help strengthen your heart, lower your blood pressure, and improve your blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Diabetes and heart attack risk
Diabetes raises your risk of heart disease. Managing diabetes and reducing your risk of a heart attack or stroke go hand in hand. By making a few changes in your daily routine—eating healthier, staying active, managing stress—you’ll take a big step toward controlling your diabetes and reducing your risk of heart disease.
Reducing women’s risk of heart attack and stroke
Most of the risk factors for heart disease and stroke (like smoking, diabetes, and high blood pressure) are the same for women and men. But things like pregnancy-related problems or medicines such as hormone therapy can raise a woman’s risk.
Best foods for heart health
Switching to a heart-healthy diet doesn’t mean you have to be perfect all the time, and you definitely don’t have to change everything you eat all at once. Make one or two little changes at a time—add servings of fruits and vegetables, eat more fish, and limit sodium.