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What should you eat to lower your risk of a heart attack or stroke?

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If you stick to a healthy diet, you could lower your odds of getting heart disease. Fill your plate with different kinds of:

Stay away from processed or prepared foods that often are high in salt and added sugar. They’re also filled with preservatives.

  • Fruits
  • Veggies
  • Whole grains
  • Fish
  • Lean meats

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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