There is a good chance that you, a family member or a friend could be affected by heart

disease.  That is why you should be aware of what you
can do to reduce your risk for

coronary heart
disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, and many other heart conditions.

Here are some
guidelines to follow that can help you maintain a healthy heart and prevent

heart disease.

If you smoke, stop.  According to the American Heart Association,
a smoker’s risk for

heart attack is
more than twice the risk for nonsmokers.

Follow a heart-healthy diet.  Emphasize fruits, vegetables and whole grains
and stay

away from foods
with saturated fat and cholesterol.

Exercise regularly.  Daily physical activity reduces your risk for
heart problems and

helps control
risk factors like obesity and high cholesterol.

Have your participating physician check
your cholesterol level.
  Risk for
heart disease

as cholesterol levels increase.                

Keep your blood pressure under control.  High blood pressure can cause the heart to

weaken over

Achieve and maintain a healthy weight.  Ask your participating physician what a

proper weight
is for you.

February is
American Heart Month.  Take care of your
heart and prevent heart disease.

If you
would like more information about “February
is American Heart Month”
call the Senior LinkAge Line® at 1-800-333-2433.  The Senior LinkAge Line®: A One
Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors is a free statewide service of the Minnesota
Board on Aging and Area Agencies on Aging.  Specialists provide one-to-one
assistance with helping older adults age well and live well.  Call
1-800-333-2433 for assistance Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm or
chat with a specialist online during these hours at www.MinnesotaHelp.info®.

“Our Mission is to identify and promote resources which enhance, empower and enrich seniors to be healthy, safe, and engaged citzens”



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