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February is Heart Health Month!

Did you know that coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of mortality in the United States? It's a serious condition that accounts for approximately 610,000 deaths annually. But the good news is that it's largely preventable!

Your heart is the hardest working organ in your body

Here are some key steps you can take to protect your heart and reduce the risk of CAD:

•Reduce your sodium intake. Aim to consume less than 2000 milligrams of sodium per day. High sodium intake can lead to high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease.

•Limit saturated fats. Keep your intake of saturated fats to less than 7% of your daily calories, which is about 16 grams. Saturated fats can raise your cholesterol levels and increase the risk of CAD.

•Increase fiber intake. Try to consume 25-35 grams of fiber daily. Fiber-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes can help lower cholesterol levels and maintain a healthy heart.

•Get moving! Regular exercise is crucial for heart health. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity per week. Exercise helps strengthen your heart, lower blood pressure, and improve overall cardiovascular health.

By adopting these heart-healthy habits, you can significantly reduce your risk of developing coronary artery disease and improve your overall well-being. Remember, prevention is key!

For more information on the risk factors and management of coronary artery disease, you can check out the link below:

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Take care of your heart this Heart Health Month and make positive choices for a healthier future!

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