It’s American Heart Month, and this year’s focus is on preventing heart disease and promoting heart health in young adults. More young adults are dying of heart disease, and their rates of risk factors are rising.
When you’re a young adult, the best way to protect yourself from heart disease is with smart lifestyle choices, like eating a heart-healthy diet.
Find time to be active, from yoga class to lunchtime walks. Aim for 2.5 hours of physical activity per week.
Teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely to smoke tobacco products. Avoid tobacco altogether, or kick it now to protect your heart.
You’re never too young to know your numbers. High blood pressure and cholesterol can affect you younger than you might realize. Learn to take your own blood pressure.
Stick to a medication routine to manage and control conditions like high blood pressure that put your heart at risk.
Reduce stress in your life to protect your heart. Even high levels of noise, like living by railroad tracks, may be bad for your stress level and your heart.
Stay in the know and see your doctors annually. Even now, we’re still learning more about what can cause heart attacks in healthy people.