Cardiovascular Disease Overview
Also indexed as:Heart Disease
A heart-to-heart on cardiovascular disease: Make simple changes to help you beat the odds against heart disease, a leading cause of death.
The right diet is the key to managing many diseases and to improving general quality of life. For this condition, scientific research has found benefit in the following healthy eating tips.
|Eat healthfully||Plant-based diets that are based on eating lots of vegetables, fruits, legumes (beans, peas, and lentils), nuts and seeds, whole grains, and small amounts of fish and other lean proteins, are linked with a lower risk of heart disease. In people who already have atherosclerosis (plaque build-up in the arteries), a healthy diet is important for maintaining health, and for reducing the risk of more serious complications and progression of disease.|
|Keep it trim||According to heart disease guidelines, addressing obesity and being overweight are important for helping people reduce the risk of heart disease, and better manage the condition if they already have it. Even modest weight loss of just 3%–5% of baseline body weight is likely to result in meaningful improvements in cardiovascular disease risk factors.|
|Limit salt||According to the 2012 American Heart Association Presidential Advisory, “Sodium, Blood Pressure, and Cardiovascular Disease,” the evidence supporting recommendations for reduced sodium intake in the general population remains robust and persuasive, and is important for improving the public’s health.14|
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