Stop Doing This or You Could Get a Heart Attack, Experts Warn

You pour it out, wear it on your sleeve and love people from the bottom of it. But do you take care—we mean, proper care—of your heart ?

For decades, heart disease has been the No. 1 killer of Americans.

The good news: You can make quick, easy changes to your lifestyle to cut your risk, and add years to your life, and it’s never too late. Here are the top 50 things you’re probably doing that put you in danger—from the Eat This, Not That! Health to you, with all our heart. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID . Not Getting Your Blood Pressure Checked

Woman Checking Blood Pressure At Home Is your blood pressure in a healthy range? Are you sure? It might be higher than you think. In 2018, the American Heart Association lowered the guidelines for healthy blood pressure from 140/90 (and 150/80 for those older than 65) to 130/80 for all adults. According to Harvard Medical School, that means 70 to 79 percent of men over 55 technically have hypertension. Over time, that can weaken the walls of blood vessels, increasing your risk of stroke, heart attack and dementia.

The Rx: To lower your risk, get your blood pressure checked soon — and regularly. Follow a heart-healthy diet, lose weight and stay active. Read on to discover the best foods to eat. Not Knowing Your Cholesterol Level

Cholesterol test As we age, the body produces more cholesterol, which can build up in the arteries, increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke. In women, menopause causes LDL ("bad") cholesterol to rise and HDL ("good") to drop. Experts advise getting your cholesterol checked every five years, but older adults may need it done more frequently. Your total cholesterol level should be less than 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), with an LDL level of less than 100 mg/dL and an HDL level of 60 mg/dL or higher.

The Rx: To keep your levels in a healthy range, eat a diet low in saturated fat and trans fats, get exercise and maintain an ideal weight.

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