When you create a consistent training routine that leads to improved fitness and performance, you feel good! It’s true that working out regularly leads to so many health benefits. But as invincible as you might feel, it’s worth noting that regular physical activity doesn’t make you immune to heart disease or stroke.

Thinking about your risk of heart attack or stroke doesn’t sound like a great way to spend your time. It can be scary and uncomfortable to think about. But there’s a reason why these diseases are known as the “silent killers.”

Heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases cause 1 in 3 deaths in the US (source). And a lot of times, a friend or family member who has a heart attack or stroke had no prior signs or symptoms. This is why learning about the health of your cardiovascular system can help you avoid a heart attack or stroke.

Know Your Risk

Rather than scaring you into avoiding the subject entirely, knowing your risks can empower you to take action. Remember that you are always in control of your health. You don’t have to be an expert in this area, but you do have to be willing to do some research and dig into the necessary steps you can take toward living a long and healthy life.

The best way to assess your personal risk for heart disease and stroke is to visit your doctor. Ask questions while you’re there and get involved with your health. If your doctor isn’t answering your questions, find one who will!

Reduce Your Risk

In addition to regular workouts, keep making lifestyle choices that will reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke.

  • Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
  • Stay away from tobacco.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Get good quality sleep.
  • Find effective ways to manage stress.

Heart disease is serious, but it’s also preventable! Visit your doctor and find out what you can do to reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke. And empower your friends and family to do the same!

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