The Good News: You Can Lower Your Chances of Getting Heart Disease!
- Talk to your doctor about your risk. Family health history and other conditions may have an impact on how likely you are to get heart disease.
- Exercise is medicine! Try to get at least two and a half hours of moderate- to vigorous-intensity exercise every week. That is about 30 minutes a day over five days. Everyone can benefit from exercise, but sometimes there are other issues that you need to consider, like how your disability may be affected by exercise. Be sure to talk to your doctor and consult resources like NCHPAD to understand the safest ways for you to incorporate exercise and other movement into your day.
- Eat a healthy diet! Focus on getting more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into your diet. Choose lean protein, like fish. Limit high-calorie, high-cholesterol food.
- Do not smoke! If you are currently a smoker, quit! You can get free information and resources on how to quit smoking by calling the Quit Line at 1-800-784-8669.
- Limit your alcohol intake. Do not drink more than moderate amounts.