How to Reduce Your Risk for Heart Disease
- Discuss your risk for heart disease with your doctor and take steps to reduce the factors that put you at risk.
- Learn how to read a food label and choose foods that are low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol.
- Add more fiber to your diet with fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
- Take part in physical activity of moderate intensity — like brisk walking — for at least 30 minutes on most, if not all, days of the week. No time? Break the 30 minutes into three, 10-minute segments during the day.
- Don't smoke. If you do smoke, contact your doctor to discuss ways in which they can help you quit smoking.
- Moderate or reduce drinking alcohol.
- Control your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
- Take all medications as prescribed.
Last Physician Review - January 13, 2015