Investing In a Healthy Heart

An excerpt from The American Medical Association Book of Heart Care by Douglas Gasner and Elliot H. McCleary offers the following advice for investing in a healthy heart:

  • "Have your cholesterol measured if you are worried about heart disease or if you have a family history of heart disease.
  • "Have your blood pressure checked, and take your pills if your doctor prescribes them.
  • "Find enough time to exercise.
  • "Find time to relax.
  • "Eat moderately from a variety of the four food groups: dairy products; grains and cereals; fruits and vegetables; fish, meat and poultry.
  • "Go to your physician if you have chest pain or find you are easily or suddenly fatigued.
  • "Watch your weight.
  • "Seek medical attention if you sense any disturbance in your heart's rhythm.
  • "Don't smoke; it robs your heart of oxygen.
  • "Don't count on magic cures; medical miracles are few and far apart.
  • "Don't believe that it can't happen to you; statistics don't play favorites.
  • "Don't ignore your body when there is a change in it; it's trying to tell you something."

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