10 Tips For Women to Maintain a Healthy Heart

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There are many steps a woman can take to maintain a healthy heart:

  • Perform 300 minutes a week of aerobic physical activity of moderate intensity (brisk walking, slow cycling, painting/decorating, vacuuming, dancing, water aerobics, gardening, jogging) or 150 minutes a week of vigorous intensity (race-walking, running, fast cycling, swimming laps, tennis)
  • Reduce salt intake to <5g per day
  • Eat >200g of fruit per day (2-3 servings)
  • Eat >200g of vegetables per day (2-3 servings)
  • Eat 30-45g of fibre per day, preferably from wholegrain products
  • If you have a history of pre-eclampsia or pregnancy-related hypertension, you need screening for established hypertension and diabetes every year
  • If you have a history of polycystic ovary syndrome or gestational diabetes, you need screening for established diabetes every year
  • Ask for help if you suffer from excess stress at work or in your family life or from depression. Psychosocial factors have a significant effect on lifetime cardiovascular risk
  • Limit your alcohol consumption to 1 glass per day (10g/d)
  • Maintain or aim towards a body mass index (BMI) of 20-25 kg/m2
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