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Five steps to lower heart disease risk

Updated: Tuesday, February 4 2014, 10:34 AM EST
MONTGOMERY, Ohio (Liz Bonis) -- February is National Heart Health Month and a new report in Consumer Reports on Health says 9 out of 10 first heart attacks  could be prevented.
 
This report found there are actually five steps to lowering your risk for heart disease. You may want to do these five things if you want to bring down risk factors for cardiovascular disease. We stopped out here at the Ohio Heart and Vascular Center, part of the Christ Hospital in Montgomery.
 
If you want to lower your risk you have to get moving. Those who get more activity lower risk.

Those who eat a plant-based diet also lower risk. They also found it helps to manage stress, with something such as yoga can make a difference.
 
Moderate drinking may also help, with a glass of wine shown to lower bad cholesterol and help bring up the good.
 
Finally, you also need to quit smoking. All of these easy to say and hard to do, but small steps do really add up to big changes.
Five steps to lower heart disease risk


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