Leading a Heart Healthy Life

Suppress the Stress!

Too much stress in your life can hurt your heart and increase your risk for heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease.

Read the Signs!

Get to know the signs and symptoms of heart attacks and strokes, two of the most common forms of heart disease.

Use Less Salt!

Although salt may help flavor your food, it should be used sparingly because it can increase blood pressure. Salt (or sodium) intake should be around 1,500 mg, but especially for people who:

  • are aged 51 and older
  • are African American (of all ages)
  • have high blood pressure, diabetes, or any chronic disease

Regardless of age, race, or ethnicity, salt intake should not go above 2,300 mg.

Lower Fat Intake!

Fats from food are part of a healthful diet, but the total amount of fat and the type of fats eaten can affect heart health. High amounts of saturated and trans fats increase the risk of heart disease by increasing unhealthy blood lipid (fat) levels. To reduce the risk of heart disease, the majority of fats in a diet should come from unsaturated (monounsaturated & polyunsaturated) fats.

Learn more about Leading a Heart Healthy Life.