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Can I prevent heart failure?

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You can lower your odds of getting heart failure. And the earlier you start, the better your chances. You can begin with a few of these simple steps:

  • Stick to a healthy weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins
  • Limit bad fats, added sugars, salt, and alcohol
  • Don't smoke or use recreational drugs
  • Reduce your stress
  • Get enough sleep

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Who Is at Risk for Heart Failure?"

Mayo Clinic: "Heart Failure."

American Heart Association: "About Heart Failure."

CDC: "Heart Disease and Stroke."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 6, 2019

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Who Is at Risk for Heart Failure?"

Mayo Clinic: "Heart Failure."

American Heart Association: "About Heart Failure."

CDC: "Heart Disease and Stroke."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 6, 2019

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