If you’re looking to lower your risk of heart disease as you age, there is great news ahead! Research indicates you can lower your risk by improving your cardiovascular fitness, even as you age. Cardiovascular fitness is a powerful predictor of health and longevity, so powerful it can reduce the risks from having other risk factors. That is powerful stuff!
The most important step you can take to protect your heart is understanding your own individual risks for heart disease. These risks differ for all of us depending on our age, diet, physical conditioning, and smoking status, just to name a few.
American Heart Month is a reminder that we all must be vigilant in the fight against heart disease, the nation’s number 1 killer. Talk with your doctor about your risks for heart disease and to schedule blood pressure and cholesterol screenings to get an assessment of your current heart health.
After taking your risk assessment for heart disease, learn which fat you shouldn’t avoid; what you need to know about women and heart disease; ways you can burn calories without exercise; and more by visiting our Heart Month website.
Guest Blogger: Michael Fahey, MD, Chief, Pediatric Cardiology, UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center
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