Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four deaths is due to a heart-related condition. While some heart problems are the result of genetic risk factors, others are related to lifestyle choices.
As American Heart Month draws to a close, we are sharing eight things that can impact your odds of developing heart disease.
Eight Behaviors and Characteristics Linked to Heart Disease
It might also help to find a heart health buddy who shares your commitment to making changes. The two of you can share strategies and offer each other moral support.
If you would like a visual reminder of how to keep your heart in good shape, this graphic might be helpful. “Heart Health for Seniors” includes tips for everything from calculating your body mass index (BMI) to eating a balanced diet.