7 Surprising Reasons to Stay Heart-Healthy
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Focus on the long-term benefits of being heart-smart.

You want to take better care of yourself and your heart, but the words “heart-healthy” alone may not be enough motivation to make changes. If you need more specific reasons, consider that making heart-smart lifestyle changes nets very tangible benefits that are cumulative. Eating healthfully, being active, and taking your medications as prescribed build on each other, resulting in long-term benefits. You might be surprised at some of them.

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