Healthy Habits to Prevent Heart Disease

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Heart Disease is the No. 1 killer of women—more deadly than all forms of cancer, according to the American Heart Association. But there are many factors within your control to help keep heart disease at bay.

Physical Activity
Moderate physical activity, such as walking briskly, for at least thirty minutes—at least five times per week—can lower your risk for heart disease by as much as fifty percent, according to a study published by the British Medical Journal. What is moderate?

According to the Mayo Clinic, these signs indicate you're exercising at moderate intensity:

  • Your breathing quickens, but you're not out of breath.
  • You develop a light sweat after about ten minutes of activity.
  • You can carry on a conversation, but can't sing.

To learn more about how to keep your heart healthy, click here to read the full article in the digital edition of West Michigan Woman.


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