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World Heart Day: Ways experts say to keep your heart healthy - KOLO

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Wednesday is World Heart Day. The World Heart Federation recognizes the day with the hope of bringing awareness to prioritizing heart health.

Cardiovascular disease is responsible for nearly half of non-communicable deaths. This makes it the number one killer and results in 18.6 million people dying each year from the disease including heart disease and stroke.

Experts say a healthy diet is critical in keeping your heart healthy. Implementing exercise, finding ways to manage stress by practicing meditation or yoga, getting your annual wellness exam, limiting alcohol, and making sleep a priority by getting six to eight hours each night are ways to prevent any heart-related issues.

Dr. Devang Desai, Interventional Cardiologist at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center explained the importance of preventative measures.

“Take on a healthy lifestyle, make a commitment to yourself and to your loved ones to live a healthy lifestyle, and then I would strongly encourage you to talk to your healthcare provider about your heart health and be receptive to different ideas to reduce your risks, prevention is the best medicine.”

The American Heart Association also emphasizes reducing your blood pressure as a way to significantly improve your heart health.

To take action on World Heart Day and for additional information on how to keep your heart healthy, click here.

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