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Heart disease is a chronic health condition. Research has shown that lifestyle influences the health of your heart.
Patients are only seven steps away from staying ‘hearthealthy’.

The first step is to quit smoking. A year after quitting smoking, you can reduce your risk of a heart attack by 50 per cent.

Next is to control high blood pressure by taking medicines and limiting salt intake.

The third step is to watch you cholesterol level. Plan healthy meals, take prescribed medicines, and exercise regularly.

The fourth step is controlling diabetes with medicines and a proper diet.

The fifth and the most challenging is to reduce excess body weight. But mind you, lose weight gradually.

The last two steps are exercise and managing stress. People who do not exercise regularly have twice the risk for heart disease. Additionally, stress for prolonged periods increases the risk of a heart attack. Learn stress management techniques like breathing, relaxation exercises, and meditation.

Fulfillment of these ‘seven unbreakable vows’ enhances your chance to stay ‘heart-healthy’. It requires perseverance and effort on your part to stick with the plan.

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