Heart Health

13 July 2010

Common-sense steps for heart health

Common-sense steps - things as simple as writing down how much you exercise each day - can keep people on track to stay heart-healthy, the American Heart Association says.

There's no lack of scientific evidence proving that staying in shape and eating right are critical to a long and healthy life, but the fact that over 8 million Americans have histories of heart attack, stroke or heart failure suggests that too few are taking the message seriously.

"If the patient works with the doctors and writes it down, like keeping diaries of either food or activities, that that small bit of information can really help translate into the patient keeping motivated to follow the healthier lifestyle," noted Dr. Mary Ann McLaughlin, president of the AHA's New York City Board of Directors.


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