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According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), nearly 1 in 3 deaths in the US each year are caused by heart disease and stroke, and more than half of these deaths happen to people under age 65!
But 80% of premature heart attacks and strokes could have been prevented through these lifestyle changes:
1. Track your progress
The most important thing you can do to prevent heart disease is start a health journal and track your progress. Click here for a guide to making your own health journal (health diary).
2. If you smoke, stop now
There are many helpful techniques and organizations to help. Click here for some self-help tips and a planning guide.
3. Increase your physical activity
The benefits to your heart health are dramatic. Simply sitting less and walking every day is a great start. Learn more here.
4. Re-evaluate your diet
Almost everything in moderation is the key to eating healthy, including plenty of fruit and vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, and fish. But make sure you restrict salt, sugar, alcohol, and saturated fats (fats that are solid at room temperature). Visit VNANNJ for some great recipes.
5. Get regular check-ups
High blood pressure may present no symptoms, but it is one of the biggest causes of sudden stroke or heart attack. Visit your doctor to check your blood pressure, ask about your results, and know your numbers. Then you can then take your blood pressure at home to track your progress in your personal health journal. Click here for the best at-home blood pressure monitors.
Get to know Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey (VNA) now, and all the home health services available to you and your loved ones, before you have a health emergency. We are proud to be the longest-serving VNA in the state of New Jersey, so we know a thing or two about helping seniors.
The Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey (VNA) is a leading provider of comprehensive home health care services in Morris, Hunterdon, Sussex, and Warren Counties in Northern New Jersey. Established in 1898, generations have known that just one call to VNA opens the door to quality, patient-centered home health care solutions that allow patients to remain in the comfort of their homes with dignity, health, and independence.