Healthy Weight and Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.  Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability.  Heart disease and stroke affect a person’s heart and blood vessels.  There are many associated risk factors that have been shown to increase the risk of developing heart disease.  Maintaining a healthy weight and increasing physical activity can reduce the risks of developing heart disease. (more)

A healthy weight will help you. . .

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Decrease your risk of developing heart disease

Tips for persons with heart disease . . .

  • Talk to your doctor before beginning a physical activity and nutrition program.
  • Eat a diet rich in fiber to decrease the risk of coronary disease.
  • Exercise aerobically by walking, swimming, biking, or running for at least 30 minutes a day to lower your blood pressure.
  • Monitor any weight lifting or other anaerobic exercise with your healthcare provider.