Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America for both men and women, especially for African-American women. If you already have heart disease – a lifelong condition – then you know how important it is to develop healthy lifestyle habits early on.
“Adopting or maintaining a healthy lifestyle can substantially reduce the incidence of diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol, as well as reduce the incidence of coronary artery disease in young women,” said Andrea Chomistek, an assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Indiana University Bloomington and lead author of a recently published study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
That said, here are four ways you can live longer and healthier even if you’ve already been diagnosed with heart disease.
1. Quit smoking.
If you want to live a long, healthy life, you must stop smoking. Simple as that. That small cigarette you inhale every day is responsible for so much damage, including blood clots, increased blood pressure, faster heart rates and higher risks for heart attacks and strokes. Not worth it!
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