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Love your heart - tips for a healthy heart

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You can't control family history or genetics, but here's some steps you can take to prevent heart disease:

  • A lack of exercise is bad for your heart. Going for a walk or standing up regularly is a great way to break up the amount of time you spending sitting, if you have a sedentary job​. Get active with these tips​
  • Eat well: What you eat has a huge impact on your health. Eat and cook for your heart. Browse these recipes​ from the Heart & Stroke Foundation
  • Reduce sodium intake: On average, adult Canadians consume roughly 1 ½ teaspoons of sodium per day. This is significantly above the level recommended as the upper tolerable limit for health, which is approximately 1 teaspoon.​ 
  • Maintain a healthy weight: A healthy weight reduces cholesterol levels and general heart health. Learn how a little activity goes a long way. 
  • Get out of the weight loss rollercoaster: Sign up for your 'My Healthy Weight Action Plan'
  • Watch your alcohol consumption: Drinking too much can increase your blood pressure and contribute to the development of heart disease and stroke. Know your heart-healthy limits.
  • Manage stress: Too much stress can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. Read these stress busting tips.
  • Stop smoking: Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease. It's never too late to quit. Learn how.
  • Track your blood pressure: High blood pressure often has no symptoms and is the leading cause of stroke. Try the Heart & Stroke's free Blood Pressure Action Plan​ to learn which small steps can​ add healthy years to your life. 
  • Know your numbers: Know your cholesterol, your blood pressure, your blood sugar and your waist circumference to manage your risk.
  • Add healthy years to your life: Try the free Heart&Stroke Risk Assessment to learn how.
  • Get CPR/AED trained: When an individual goes into cardiac arrest, the chances of survival increase up to 75% when CPR is combined with the use of an AED. Find CPR courses in your area 
  • Challenge yourself: Sign up for a 30-day challenge towards a healthy heart with the <30 Days app for your iPhone or Android device
  • Support healthy kids: Inspire heart-healthy habits in kids​ that last a lifetime 
  • Know that heart disease is gender biased : Did you know that heart disease hits women harder than men​?
  • Learn from each other's stories. Follow the Heart&Stroke blog​ ​
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