What risk factors for heart disease can you change?

1. Quit smoking. Many people who die from smoking, die from heart and blood vessel disease and stroke. Avoid second hand smoke and enjoy a smoke-free lifestyle.
2. Manage your weight. Carrying too much body fat can increase your risk of coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
3. Lower your alcohol intake. Excessive drinking increases your risk of high blood pressure, coronary heart disease and stroke. Drink no more than two standard alcoholic drinks per day.

Remember, that like any lifestyle change the best results are achieved with small steady steps. Work on one or two risk factors at a time.

You can improve your heart health by making the right lifestyle choices, taking prescribed medication and keeping your medical appointments.

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