Health Tip: Reduce Your Risk of
(HealthDay News) -- Atherosclerosis occurs when plaque -- a
combination of fat, cholesterol and calcium deposits -- builds up
The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute suggests these
lifestyle changes that can help reduce the risk of developing
- Stick to a heart-healthy diet that is rich in whole grains,
vegetables and fruits.
- Limit salt, saturated fats, sugar and cholesterol.
- If you're overweight, devise a plan to lose weight.
- Get plenty of exercise each day.
- If you smoke, quit.
- Tell your doctor about any family history of
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