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Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 by Preeth Sundaran, MD

How to Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Preeth Sundaran, MD, Cardiologist

Preeth Sundaran, MD, is a cardiologist at Central Vermont Medical Center.

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Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the US. More than 600,000 Americans die from it each year – that’s an average of one death every 38 seconds.

The good news is that even modest changes to your diet and lifestyle can improve your heart health.

To lower your risk of cardiovascular disease:

  • Aim for a healthy weight.
  • Engage in regular physical activity.
  • Choose nutrient rich foods.
  • Live smoke free.
  • Reduce your alcohol intake and stress levels.

If you have pre-existing risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol or diabetes, partner with your healthcare provider to manage them appropriately.

Making a change in your behavior now can have a profound impact on your future heart health.

For more information, talk to your provider and visit the American Heart Association website at www.heart.org.