Heart disease is the number one cause of death in women over the age of 50.
Yet cardiovascular disease is largely preventable with a healthy lifestyle.
**Participating in exercise, at least 30 minutes per day will reduce your blood pressure and decrease your risk of heart disease and strokes. Your heart is a muscle, and keeping it toned will do wonders for you.
**Know your numbers. Do you know your cholesterol profile (HDL, LDL, total cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, and waist circumference, among others)? Knowing these numbers can tell you where you need to take action to keep your cardiovascular risk low. This is a case in which not knowing can harm you.
**Reduce your cholesterol by eating a heart-healthy diet. That means eating a diet that is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, high in fruits, vegetables and grains that contain soluble fiber.