Your Heart Health
Between 2000 and 2010 death rates from heart disease dropped nearly 40% and deaths from stroke dropped by about 35%; that’s a big deal. BUT, despite this, heart disease and stroke are still leading causes of death.
Instead of living in fear of disease, why not embrace your best health potential? It’s about life satisfaction and living well. Importantly, everything in this plan is within reach and it’s cost-effective for everyone: The Simple Seven!
Curing heart disease may be some time coming but you can still help yourself. In fact, nearly everyone can adopt this plan. Think about this new goal and the simple seven and build a healthier world and a healthier you, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Know Your Heart Score
- My Life Check was designed by the American Heart Association with the goal of improved health by educating the public on how best to live. These measures have one unique thing in common: any person can make these changes, the steps are not expensive to take and even modest improvements to your health will make a big difference.
To find out where you stand, take the My Life Check assessment.
My Life Check is an assessment of how you are doing in each of the seven areas. It’s based on the expertise of medical experts from the American Heart Association. Once you’ve taken My Life Check, your heart score will help you understand what simple steps you may need to take to improve your heart health and quality of life. From there you will be directed to specific action plans that will teach you how to change your behaviors and move you closer to your individual health goals.
The 7 Most Important Things You Can Do to Live a Healthy Life Free from Cardiovascular Disease & Stroke
Start with one or two. This simple, seven step list has been developed to deliver on the hope we all have–to live a long, productive healthy life. About Life’s Simple 7
- Manage Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. When your blood pressure stays within healthy ranges, you reduce the strain on your heart, arteries, and kidneys which keeps you healthier longer.
- Control Cholesterol
High cholesterol contributes to plaque, which can clog arteries and lead to heart disease and stroke. When you control your cholesterol, you are giving your arteries their best chance to remain clear of blockages.
- Reduce Blood Sugar
Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose (or blood sugar) that our bodies use for energy. Over time, high levels of blood sugar can damage your heart, kidneys, eyes and nerves. Lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, eating healthy and increasing physical activity can dramatically reduce the impact of high blood sugar.
- Get Active
Living an active life is one of the most rewarding gifts you can give yourself and those you love. Simply put, daily physical activity increases your length and quality of life.
- Eat Better
A healthy diet is one of your best weapons for fighting cardiovascular disease. When you eat a heart-healthy diet, you improve your chances for feeling good and staying healthy – for life!
- Lose Weight
When you shed extra fat and unnecessary pounds, you reduce the burden on your heart, lungs, blood vessels and skeleton. You give yourself the gift of active living, you lower your blood pressure and you help yourself feel better, too.
- Stop Smoking
Cigarette smokers have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease. If you smoke, quitting is the best thing you can do for your health.
With Life’s Simple Seven, you can KNOW you’re taking care of yourself to reach your best health potential for yourself and for those you love.