1. Start Healthy Habits Now – Research indicates that women who lead a healthy lifestyle before the age of 45 have a better chance of avoiding heart disease and the conditions that increase the risk of it, such as diabetes and hypertension.
2. Relax – Prolonged exposure to the stress hormone, called cortisol, can damage your arterial linings, making it harder for your heart to do its job.
3. Don’t smoke – Smoking cigarette can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease by two to four times.
4. Have Sex, But be safe – Research suggests that people who have sex at least twice a week are less likely to develop heart disease.
5. Get your checkup – Some factors that increase your risk for heart disease like high cholesterol have no symptoms. Get regular checkups that include a blood cholesterol test.
6. Brush your teeth – The bacteria that grow in your mouth and cause gum disease may double your risk for a heart attack. Regular brushing and flossing can sweeten your breath and improve your health.
7. Skip the Soda – Studies have shown that women who drink two or more sugar – sweetened beverages such as soda per day have a higher risk of heart disease.
8. Stay Active – Your heart needs regular workouts in order to be healthy, even if you have a healthy BMI. As little as 30 minutes of moderate activity per day can reduce your risk for heart disease.
9. Choose your birth control wisely – Birth control pills can increase your risk of heart attack and blood clots. Some types of the pills have been shown to increase the risk of blood clots by up to 65% over other formulas, especially in women who have a high BMI or those who smoke.