The Heart Truth

Why You Should Take Care of Your Cardiovascular Health

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Risk Factors, Effects, and How to Avoid Cardiovascular Disease

As a college student, choices you can make to take care of your heart now and for the future:

1. Eat a diet low in saturated fat.

2. Watch your weight.

3. Exercise! Make sure to maintain a decent level of physical activity. (A sedentary lifestyle is another modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular disease.)

4. If you smoke, do yourself a favor and quit now!

5. Consuming alcohol in excessive amounts can hurt your heart! 1 to 2 drinks a day is safe, but anything beyond that can damage heart muscle.