If Cupid aims his arrow at your heart this Valentine’s Day, will he hit a healthy target? The season of heart-shaped boxes is a good time to examine your heart health. We’ve made your checkup simple through something we call “Life’s Simple 7.” These are seven very basic factors and behaviors that have been proven to boost your health.
You can take them in any order you choose. Even doing one or two steps can lead to big results.
This guest post was written by Dr. Phoebe Ashley, a woman’s heart health expert.
Each day we remember to brush our teeth, take our vitamins, and hopefully floss (if we’re good). These routines become second nature to us because we know they’re good for our health. What we sometimes overlook are the daily steps we can take to protect one of the most important organs in our bodies, our hearts.
That’s what makes national observances like American Heart Month so important. It’s a time not only to raise awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women worldwide, but also to remind us that we can do something to stop it. Maintaining a healthy heart is a journey and making small daily changes now can add up to big results later.
This guest post was written by Molly Schroeder, heart attack survivor and an American Heart Association Go Red for Women Real Woman.
A month before I started my senior year of college, my mother passed away at age 58 due to a pulmonary embolism, a blood clot in her lung. Just 6 weeks later, at age 21, I had a 90 percent blockage in a coronary artery and survived a heart attack.
After these two life-changing events, I searched for a new “normal.” Topping the list was to make my health my priority.
Thinking about reducing the sodium in your and your family’s diet? You’ve come to the right place! We’ll show you how too much sodium sneaks into your diet and how it hurts your health, and share tips for kissing that excess salt goodbye. And, we’ll give you the tools you need to take action and change the foods you eat.
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