how to reduce the risk of heart disease?

Source: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

-- Do not smoke, and if you do, quit. Women who smoke are two to six times more likely to suffer a heart attack than non-smoking women.

-- Aim for a healthy weight. It is important for a long, vigorous life. Being overweight and obesity can cause many preventable deaths.

-- Get moving. Make a commitment to be more physically active. Aim for 30 minutes of moderately intense activity on most days of the week.

-- Eat for heart health. Choose a diet that is low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol. Be sure to include whole grains, fresh vegetables, and fresh fruits.

-- Know your numbers. Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol (total, HDL, LDL, triglycerides), and blood glucose. Work with your doctor to improve any numbers that are not normal.

Remember the major risk factors for heart disease:
high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, tobacco and cigarette smoking, obesity, diabetes, and excessive alcohol.