According to the Center for Disease Control, heart disease is the number one killer in the United States. So how do you reduce your risk of heart disease? Use this mnemonic device to help you remember how to keep your heart healthy.
H - Halt Smoking and Other Harmful Habits
The chemicals in tobacco are harmful to your blood cells, and can damage the function of your heart and the structure of your blood vessels. No matter how long you’ve smoked, quitting will help decrease your risk of developing or dying from heart disease.
E - Eat Healthy
Research has shown that many foods, such as fish and nuts, can actually help reduce your risk of heart disease. Check out this list of heart healthy foods and try to include them in your diet.
A - Aerobic Exercise
Regular aerobic exercise can actually strengthen the heart muscles, which enables the heart to pump blood through the body more easily.
R - Reduce Stress
When shortness of breath occurs without physical exertion, it may be a sign of a heart attack. Some individuals might experience shortness of breath prior to or along with chest pain, and some experience just shortness of breath during a heart attack.
T- Take Control
During a heart attack, every second counts, which is why it is important to call 9-1-1 or rush to your closest emergency center as soon as you suspect you or a loved one is having a heart attack.