Health Matters

Preventing Heart Disease

Taking simple steps will help you live longer.



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Heart disease is the leading cause of death. Dr. Winston Liaw, chair of Health Systems and Population Health Sciences at the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine has some tips for prevention.

“While heart disease is the leading cause of death, it is not inevitable. There are many actions you can take to lower your risk. ”

  • Stay away from sweetened drinks and follow a balanced diet that includes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean protein.
  • Be active every day. Walking, working in the yard, and biking are all great ways to get about 20 minutes of daily exercise.
  • Stop smoking, vaping, and using tobacco. The risk of heart disease falls soon after you quit.
  • Talk to your primary care doctor about tracking your weight, blood pressure, sugar, and cholesterol.

“Taking these steps will make you feel better and live longer.”

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