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Cardiovascular disease – heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure – accounts for 1 in 3 deaths in America. But most of the conditions that lead to cardiovascular disease are under a person’s control, so they can be avoided. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Fleetwood Loustalot:

“Leading factors include high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes, being overweight or obese, smoking, lack of physical activity – and an unhealthy diet, including consuming too much sodium in your diet.”

Most sodium comes from processed or restaurant foods. A healthy diet includes whole grains, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and low saturated fats and cholesterol.

A good goal for physical activity, if you’re not doing any now, is 150 minutes a week of something like brisk walking.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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