Let's start at the heart
Getting smart about the health of your heart may have long term benefits. Your heart is the hardest-working muscle in your body. It’s responsible for a variety of jobs that help keep you healthy. For instance, your heart pumps blood throughout your body and delivers oxygen and nutrients to your cells. Your heart also helps keep your blood pressure at the right level. If your heart isn’t healthy and strong, your risk for developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or more severe issues may increase dramatically.
Take steps to be heart-healthy
It’s never too late, or too early, to take steps to protect your heart by making heart-healthy choices.
- Eat smart: making small yet simple changes to your diet may make a big difference
- Get active: Remember that something may be better than nothing, so try your best to incorporate physical activity into your routine every day
- Stay motivated: Everyone may have "off" days, but remember that a healthy lifestyle is your goal for the long term. So remind yourself – you can do this
Learn about heart disease types, symptoms and risk factors and why it’s so important to keep your heart healthy.
DASH diet to lower blood pressure
Certain types of eating habits may help support heart health. DASH is a flexible and balanced eating plan that helps create a heart-healthy eating style for life.
Small changes to what you eat and how you prepare meals may make a big difference in your heart health. Learn about this heart healthy approach to eating.
Heart health supplements
Supplements may be like a safety net for your heart, and may help lower your blood pressure or cholesterol.
Many factors may affect cholesterol levels, especially diet and family history.