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Diseases of the Heart

Who is at risk of developing heart disease?

The people who are at highest risk are those who –

  • Smoke cigarettes
  • Have moderate to high blood pressure
  • Have a high cholesterol level
  • Are physically inactive
  • Have diabetes
  • Have a family history of heart disease or stroke
Other factors are diet, weight, stress, gender and age.

How can I reduce my risk of developing heart disease?

There are a number of changes you can make in your daily life that will help to reduce your risk of heart disease:

  • Stop smoking.
  • Be more physically active.
  • Maintain a proper weight.
  • Reduce stress and tension in your life.
  • Eat a well balanced diet (high in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fats and cholesterol).
  • Visit your health care provider for a regular medical checkup.
  • Have your blood pressure checked regularly.
Limit your intake of alcohol and caffeine.



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