5 heart- smart tips to keep your ticker in top shape.

Keep your ticker in tip- top shape with th­ese sim­ple tips

Better Nutrition - - CONTENTS - by Vera Tweed

H eart dis­ease con­tin­ues to be Amer­ica's lead­ing killer, but un­less it strikes close to home, most of us prob­a­bly don't think about it too much. At the same time, there’s some good news: Deaths from the most com­mon form, plaque build- up ( aka coro­nary artery dis­ease), have been de­creas­ing in the last decade. But there’s a lot more we can do to pro­tect our­selves. Per­haps sur­pris­ingly, some of the big­gest heart- healthy benefi ts come from th­ese sim­ple life­style changes and heart- smart sup­ple­ments.

Get More Oxy­gen

It’s no se­cret that smok­ing, high blood pres­sure, un­healthy choles­terol, and di­a­betes in­crease the odds of heart dis­ease, but the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion has con­cluded that there’s “a po­ten­tially stronger pre­dic­tor.” Called “car­diores­pi­ra­tory fi tness,” it’s all about our abil­ity to use oxy­gen.

When we breathe air into our lungs, oxy­gen gets ab­sorbed into blood, trans­ported to the heart, and pumped through ar­ter­ies to var­i­ous or­gans and mus­cles. How well that process works, and how effi ciently the

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