4 Simple Steps to a Healthy HeartSep-17-2011
Having a healthy heart may be as easy as four simple steps: Don't smoke, lose weight, exercise regularly, and eat vegetables.
A new study shows people who followed these four healthy lifestyle habits reduced their risk of heart failure by 81% in women in 69% in men.
The study is published in Circulation: Heart Failure.
Researchers found that the more healthy-lifestyle habits a person followed, the lower their risk of heart failure was. But even practicing just one healthy lifestyle habit was enough to lower the risk of heart failure by up to 47% in women and 31% in men.
"Any steps you take to stay healthy can reduce your risk of heart failure," says researcher Gang Hu, MD, PhD, director of the Chronic Disease Epidemiology Laboratory at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., in a news release. "Hypothetically, about half of new heart failure cases occurring in this population could have been prevented if everyone engaged in at least three healthy lifestyle behaviors."
Heart failure is a progressive disease that occurs when the heart muscle becomes weakened and unable to pump blood efficiently enough to meet the body's needs. At age 40, a person's risk of developing heart failure in their lifetime is about one in five.
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