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AHA identifies key factors for a healthy heart


WebMD today discusses seven factors and behaviors identified by the American Heart Association as being crucial for heart health. On the list:

  1. Never smoked or quit more than a year ago.
  2. A healthy body mass index (BMI), an estimate of body fat determined by a formula using weight and height.
  3. Physical activity, and the more the better. The new measure says at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity exercise is necessary for ideal health, or 75 minutes weekly of vigorous physical activity.
  4. Blood pressure below 120/80.
  5. Fasting blood glucose less than 100 milligrams/deciliter, a fasting measure of blood sugar level.
  6. Total cholesterol of less than 200 milligrams/deciliter.
  7. Eating a healthy diet...

The article goes on to say that the AHA hopes the factors will reduce deaths from cardiovascular-related diseases and strokes by 20% by the year 2020. More on what the association calls "Life's Simple 7" can be found here.

Previously: Not stressing is good for the heart
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