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Three Heart-Healthy Makeovers

Can you really improve your heart health and reduce your risk for cardiac disease?

A Cardiac Nurse Nurtures Her Own Heart Health continued...

"I've been a cardiac nurse for 42 years, and there's not much I haven't seen," says Welsh. "After having gone through it myself, I bring a little something extra to the patients and their families who are facing a similar situation, and I try to encourage them to understand the impact of heart disease and its consequences."

Of course, Welsh needs to recognize that her heart risk never goes away -- in fact, as she ages, it only increases. Michael W. Smith, MD, WebMD's chief medical editor, and Zelman together offer suggestions for avoiding a second run-in with heart disease:

Be whole. Welsh should take a holistic approach to her heart health and not focus on just one aspect. So that means healthy diet, regular exercise, and lowered stress.

Think 3s. Eating fish at least twice weekly can help her get an adequate supply of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Bye-bye fried. Welsh should kiss fried foods goodbye except for occasional treats.

Stress out. With a job that isn't exactly laid back, minimizing stress is an important piece of the puzzle. She should take more time on the things that help her relax, like reading and seeing friends and family.

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Reviewed on August 08, 2008

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