How to Prevent Heart Disease
Healthy habits throughout life — eating better, moving more, maintaining a healthy weight, and not smoking — are important steps to prevent heart disease. You also need to keep an eye on factors that make heart disease more likely. These include diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Read key points that you should know about new recommendations from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association: Guideline on Heart Disease Prevention (2019).
Learn more about these building blocks for a healthy heart:
My Plan for Heart Healthier Living:
Need help getting started? Here are worksheets
(in PDF format) to help you map out steps to eat better, move more, get to or maintain a healthy weight, avoid tobacco, and manage stress.
What about aspirin? Taking an aspirin every day might not help you prevent cardiovascular disease, and for some, it may even be more harmful than helpful. But if you’ve already had a heart attack or stroke, aspirin is still an important part of treatment. Learn more at CardioSmart.org/Aspirin
Prevention Posters: You can download and print CardioSmart's infographic posters about preventing heart disease.
Go to CardioSmart.org/Posters
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