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Reduce risk for No. 1 women's disease
Kaitlin Doty
Antelope Staff

So why don’t many women take action in the prevention of heart disease? Some women may think they are not old enough to be at risk, but heart disease can happen at any age.  So take control. There are many ways you can get on the road to a healthier heart. Just a few simple changes in your lifestyle can reduce your chances of being a statistic.

First, eat your fruits and vegetables and cut down on fat intake.

Then, replace saturated fat with polyunsaturated fat and monounsaturated fats. These kinds of fats can include fish or heart healthy spreads instead of butter, margarine or lard. Third, reduce your sugar and salt intake. Too much sodium leads to high blood pressure, and high blood pressure leads to many problems such as vascular weakness, blood clots, tissue and organ damage and in increased workload of the circulatory system.

Last but not least, spend some time of every day exercising.

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