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Don’t Let Heart Disease Sneak Up On You

Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States and is responsible for 30 percent of deaths worldwide. Heart disease includes a variety of conditions that affect the heart chambers, heart valves, or blood vessels. Many people think of heart disease as something that strikes suddenly in the form of a heart attack, but most heart disease develops gradually.

Don’t let heart disease sneak up on you. Make these simple lifestyle changes to keep your heart healthy:

  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Get regular blood pressure and cholesterol screenings.
  • Quit smoking and other tobacco products.

It’s also vital to look out for symptoms of heart disease and report them to your doctor. Symptoms may include:

  • Chest pain
  • Irregular beating or fluttering in the heart
  • Swelling, numbness, weakness, or discoloration in limbs
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness and fainting

For more information on maintaining a healthy lifestyle to prevent heart disease, visit:

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