More women die of cardiovascular disease than from the next four causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer. But it's estimated that about 80 percent of cardiac events in women could be prevented if women made the right choices for their hearts. Learn more about your heart health risk factors and find tools and resources to help you improve your heart health.
Remember, taking good care of your heart doesn't mean you have to make big changes in your life. Every time you eat better, exercise more or do something to reduce stress, you're taking a small step to be a hero to your heart.
You can do it. You can become a heart hero. You don't have to go big. Just do one thing. Eat more veggies, try a little exercise, and laugh more. Do it for yourself and for everyone you love. Do it now.
Being a heart hero means that you're playing an active role in caring for your heart. You don't have to start training for a marathon. Just get out of the house with a friend and have some fun. Sometimes we forget that the best exercise is rediscovering hopscotch. Or skipping stones. Or flying a kite. Explore more ways to move.
When you're feeling stressed, it's time to take a break. Go for it. Escape to the golf course with a friend. Get back to nature. Or lighten up with a funny video. Reducing stress is good for your heart and may even help prevent heart disease. Learn new ways to stress less.
Cook from your heart for yourself and for those you love. Try a new vegetable at dinner. Add an apple to your day. Snack on a carrot. Spice things up with fresh herbs. Try new recipes with family and friends. Eat a little better each day and discover how much better you may feel. Find a new recipe.