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Heart Disease - No One's Friend

This article, entitledDear heart disease: You may be close to my family but you’re most certainly not a friend, comes from partner site Fat Fighter TV.

A few months ago, my desire to fight heart disease got much stronger when I found out I had high cholesterol. Despite living a healthy lifestyle, my genes caught up with me. My mom had high blood pressure and died of a stroke; my dad has had two heart attacks. There was only one thing left for me to do. Fight harder.

I tweaked my already healthy diet. And I upped my workouts – a powerful way to build a healthy heart because exercise can boost the levels of good cholesterol and lower your blood pressure.

Plus look at all the other amazing heart-healthy benefits of exercise:

  • Improves blood circulation, which reduces the risk of heart disease

  • Keeps weight under control

  • Helps in the battle to quit smoking

  • Helps manage stress

  • Releases tension

  • Counters anxiety and depression

  • Helps you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly

  • Reduces coronary heart disease in women by 30-40 percent

  • Reduces risk of stroke by 20 percent in moderately active people and by 27 percent in highly active ones

[Source: American Heart Association]

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