Lifestyle habits are key to preventing cardiovascular disease

Raising awareness about lifestyle habits that protect cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of a heart attack is a top priority because heart disease is major cause of death among adults, says nurse practitioner Kathleen Mahon, coordinator of the Women at Heart project at the Central Minnesota Heart Center. She says hereditary factors and aging cannot be changed, but people can reduce their risks by keeping blood pressure and glucose levels under control, staying active, maintaining a healthy weight, and not smoking.

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