Heart of the Matter

Why It Matters:

• Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the U.S.

• You can actually do something to fend off heart disease and stroke.

• Even a little exercise daily can be beneficial.

Chase Squires tkc.profilePicture Written by: Chase Squires | Transamerica
May 19, 2017

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You’ve been hearing it for years: You need to take care of your heart. When the 1970s public service commercial asked the Tin Man, “Would you exercise, exercise, each and every day?” he responded, “If the doctor said it was good for my heart, you betcha, right away.”

But if all those warnings have become background noise you’ve blocked out, the hard numbers about heart health might help you pay attention. The bottom line is heart disease is a serious problem in America, and it’s pretty much preventable. You’ve been saving for retirement for years, wouldn’t you want to make sure you actually have the health to enjoy those savings? (And by the way, it’s not just men who fall victim to heart attacks and strokes. The American Heart Association reports 90% of women have one or more risk factors.)

Heart Data

Things to consider:

• Keeping a kitchen stocked with fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains prepares you to eat healthier.

• Set a goal of at least 150 minutes of exercise a week (c’mon, that’s about 20 minutes a day).

Treat yourself well: Get plenty of sleep, hang out with friends to connect socially, and watch those stress levels.

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