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Seven heart-healthy behaviors can reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease. In a prospective study, by Enrique Artero, PhD, of the University of South Carolina, and colleagues, published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, those who met 3-4 of the American Heart Association’s ‘Simple Seven’ heart-health criteria had a 55% lower risk of cardiovascular mortality than those who met no more than two of those practices over 11 years.
Four core behaviors
- No smoking
- Normal body mass index
- Engaging in physical activity
- Eating healthfully
- Cholesterol lower than 200 mg/dL
- Blood pressure lower than 120/80 mmHg
- Not having diabetes.