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6 Things You Can Do to Protect Your Heart


  1. Don't smoke and avoid secondhand smoke 
  2. Control your blood pressure. Normal is below 120/80 
  3. Keep total cholesterol below 200; LDL below 130 (below 100 is optimal); HDL 40 or above for men and 50 or above for women. 
  4. Measure your waist. A high-risk waistline is 35" or larger for women and 40" or larger for men. 
  5. Maintain a healthy diet. 
  6. Control diabetes. 
Source: American Heart Association