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How should you exercise to lower your risk of a heart attack or stroke?

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Moderate physical activity lowers your chances of a heart attack. Shoot for 30 minutes of exercise that gets your heart pumping at least five days a week. Brisk walking or swimming are some good choices. On the other two days, do strength training, like lifting weights. If you've got a tight schedule, break your exercise routine into small chunks. Try a 15-minute walk in the morning and another before lunch.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Lifestyle Changes,"  Smoking: Do You Really Know the Risks?" "Professional Dental Cleanings May Reduce Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke," "Recommendations for Heart Health." "

Buitrago-Lopez A. , August 2011. BMJ

CDC: "Losing Weight," "Physical Activity for Everyone."

"Exercise and Your Heart," "Diet."

Naderi, S.  2012.  American Journal of Medicine, 

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 7, 2019

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Lifestyle Changes,"  Smoking: Do You Really Know the Risks?" "Professional Dental Cleanings May Reduce Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke," "Recommendations for Heart Health." "

Buitrago-Lopez A. , August 2011. BMJ

CDC: "Losing Weight," "Physical Activity for Everyone."

"Exercise and Your Heart," "Diet."

Naderi, S.  2012.  American Journal of Medicine, 

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 7, 2019

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