Did you know that one in four deaths in the U.S. is a result of heart disease? Take a look around you, who will this staggering stat apply to? Many of us, sadly, have already lost a loved one to this disease.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The good news is: 200,000 deaths a year from heart disease are preventable. You can take control of your heart health this month by taking stock of some of your habits. Are you doing everything you can to stay healthy and not become another statistic? Here are some ways to take back your control:

– Regular exercise decreases heart rate and blood pressure because the heart does not have to work as hard when resting. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate activity, 4 days per week.
– Follow a low sodium, plant-based way of eating like the Mediterranean diet.
– Quitting smoking increases oxygen to the heart, decreases blood pressure and heart rate, and decreases damage to the arteries. Need resources? OMC is here to help!
– Lose weight – just a 5-10% weight loss is associated with a decreased risk of stroke and heart attack.
– Commit to a stress-management practice. We all have daily stress, and usually we can’t just make it go away. But we can learn to manage it and reverse our body’s “fight-or-flight” response during stressful situations. Exercise, deep-breathing, and meditation can help greatly reduce stress.

If you’ve adopted any of these lifestyle changes, please share with us in the comments! Let’s celebrate!