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It’s never too early to take steps to help prevent heart disease.
Heart disease remains the top cause of death for both men and women. As you enter your 30s, your life can change in big ways that prompt you to focus on your health.
“It’s a game changer once you have kids,” says Ann Davis, M.D., an independent cardiologist on the medical staff of Edward Hospital. “You want to make sure you are around long enough to take care of them and help them.”
There are some easy things you can do that not only will help prevent heart disease, but will also improve your overall health:
If you’re making changes to eat healthier or add exercise into your routine, Dr. Davis suggests focusing on a few steps at a time.
“It takes several weeks to get in a habit; don’t try to it all or none,” she says. “Make a couple of small changes and then build on that. Everything takes planning. You can’t get healthy by falling off a log. It takes planning, thought and active choices.”
Dr. Davis also suggests taking measures to help bring enjoyment to your life.
“Practice gratitude and kindness,” she says. “Travel if you can. Try something that’s different and go places with your family, even if it’s going to Chicago to try an Ethiopian restaurant. Live your life to be happy.”
At Edward-Elmhurst Health, you have access to the latest advancements for diagnosing and treating heart and vascular disease. Learn more about our heart and vascular services.
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