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Five Ways to Protect Your Heart

Photo of a stethoscopeIt works for you night and day, 24/7, year after year; but how often do you think about giving that heart of yours some TLC?

For something that, on average, beats 100,000 times a day to keep you alive, it's worth having a plan in mind. So open your heart to these five ideas from the medical staff at Methodist Richardson Medical Center, and other experts: 

  1. Drop by your doctor's office.  When was your last blood pressure check and cholesterol screening? These tests can help your doctor measure your risk of heart disease.
  2. Fuel up for your heart.  A heart-healthy diet includes eating plenty of fruits, veggies, and whole grains and cutting back on artery-clogging cholesterol and fat.
  3. Step away from the couch.  A sedentary lifestyle boosts your risk for heart disease and some of the health problems that contribute to it.
  4. Watch your weight.  Oversized portions and high-calorie foods are some of the culprits that contribute to excess weight and raise your risk of heart disease.
  5. Commit to quit.  Yes, quitting smoking is difficult -- but, you can do it. If you stop now, you'll cut your risk of heart disease dramatically in just one year.