Your heart beats about 100,000 times in one day and about 35 million times in a year.
Just like a car needs regular maintenance, your heart needs to be monitored and taken care of, too. According to the CDC, about half of Americans (49%) have at least one of these three heart disease risk factors: high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking.
Here are some tips from the CDC to protect your heart:
- Follow your doctor’s instructions and stay on your medications.
- Eat a healthy diet that is low in salt; low in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol; and rich in fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Take a brisk 10-minute walk, 3 times a day, 5 days a week.
- Don’t smoke. If you smoke, quit as soon as possible. Visit www.cdc.gov/tobacco and www.smokefree.gov for tips on quitting.
Evaluating your baseline levels for future comparison is a great way to ensure you’re staying heart healthy. Simple blood tests like the Super Chemistry Heart and Heart Disease Indicator: Cardio C-Reactive Protein (CRP-hs) provide valuable insight for those who wants to understand their risk profile for cardiovascular disease.