What things can people do to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease or help in recovery of cardiovascular disease?

While some risk factors of heart disease – such as family history - cannot be controlled, you can reduce the risk of heart disease with medications and lifestyle changes, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH).

Many of the things you can do to reduce your risk of heart disease and recovery are changes to your lifestyle and daily behaviors, according to the NIH. While these can be difficult habits to change, they are important to work toward a full, healthy life.

Some lifestyle changes that will help reduce heart disease risk and help in recovery of cardiovascular disease, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon(AHA), include:

  • Being physically active daily
  • Choosing good nutrition
  • Following a healthy diet
  • Getting involved in a cardiac rehabilitation program, if you are recovering from cardiovascular disease
  • Getting to and maintaining a healthy weight
  • Limiting alcohol
  • Lowering blood cholesterol
  • Lowering high blood pressure
  • Managing diabetes
  • Managing stress
  • Quitting smoking

By making these lifestyle changes, you can do your best to work toward preventing a future or another heart attack, according to the AHA.

For more information about the importance of lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of and aid in recovery from cardiovascular disease, talk with your doctor.

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