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Heart disease is a very serious illness and can often strike without symptoms or warnings. Although there are some people that are predisposed to certain health conditions, there are some things that you can do to help ward off heart disease.

Avoid Smoking or Tobacco Products

Using tobacco products or smoking is one of the most common causes of and creates a very high risk factor in developing heart disease. Tobacco smoke alone has over 4,800 chemicals in it, many of which can immediately damage your blood vessels and cause them to narrow. Smoking is very unsafe and can do irrevocable damage to the heart and the lungs. Products like smokeless tobacco, low-tar and low-nicotine cigarettes are also high-risk products and extremely unsafe for the body.

The nicotine in cigarette smoke creates undue stress on your heart and makes it work harder by narrowing your blood vessels and increasing the heart rate and blood pressure. The carbon monoxide found in cigarette smoke replaces a large portion of the oxygen in your blood and increases blood pressure by forcing the heart to work harder to supply enough oxygen.

Exercise

Participating in regular exercise can significantly reduce any risk of fatal heart disease. This exercising combined with other positive lifestyle changes can help to maintain a healthy physical condition. The American Heart Association recommends that you exercise at least at moderate intensity for about 30-60 minutes 4-6 days per week at a minimum. Any amount of exercise is ideal, but this is simply a target range to set as a goal.
Any physical activity that can also help you control your weight reduces any potential chances of other illnesses. These include any illnesses that put additional strain on your heart such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

Eat Healthy

Eating a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products can help tremendously in protecting your heart. Beans, peas, proteins (low-fat) also can reduce your risk of heart disease.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

You can maintain a healthy weight by diet and exercise and avoiding things that damage the body. Maintaining a healthy weight is about being more proactive than reactive. When you notice that your weight is getting beyond or approaching an uncomfortable number, it is best to take steps then to reduce it and bring it under control.

Get Regular Health Screenings

This includes getting tests done frequently or as often as necessary on blood pressure, cholesterol levels, colon screenings and blood chemistry. Results of these tests can reveal any underlying or potential problems in the body. Steps can be taken early to offset anything that is potentially harmful to the body.

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