5 Ideas to Protect Your Heart

See our picks for the best ways to avoid cardiovascular problems and keep your heart healthy.

Every February, Americans are encouraged to concentrate on their heart health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women, but there are many ways to reduce the likelihood of a heart attack. For starters, recognizing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack is crucial to surviving one, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Besides eating healthy and staying active, here are some common and not-so-common ideas for protecting your heart health:

Create the Perfect Home Gym. Don’t let a lack of space be an excuse for lounging around. Create the perfect home workout area with our list of space-saving essentials.

Double your fish intake. People who eat fish have been scientifically shown to face lower risks of heart-related diseases, like stroke. New guidelines suggest Americans consume about 3.5 ounces of fish a week, a number experts suggest doubling. If you’re uneasy about the ethics, check out these tips for ordering fish with a clear conscience.

Go Red. There’s a compelling connection between good health and volunteering, so why not join the Go Red for Women cause and set up an online campaign? Visit their page for fundraising ideas.

Grin to Gain. Keeping a positive outlook can reduce your heart disease risk, and help you live longer. To find out more about the benefits optimists enjoy, visit medicinenet.com. Read the study prompting their report in the American Heart Association’s Circulation journal.

Opt for Olive Oil. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition heralds great news for olive oil fans. Read the full post at Reuters, plus find out how much olive oil can slash your heart disease risk.

For more on keeping your heart healthy, visit the Center for Disease Control’s Heart Month page.

Sources: USA Today, Reuters, CDC, medicinenet.com, Corporation for National and Community Service

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest