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How to Prevent Heart Disease


Heart disease is the nation’s No. 1 killer for both men and women. But
what’s most astonishing is that almost 80 percent of heart disease is
preventable, and even small lifestyle changes can have a big impact.

Based on an innovative yet simple “Eat 5, Move 10, Sleep 8”program, Mayo
Clinic Healthy Heart For Life! provides the latest, clinically
proven information on heart disease prevention and a step-by-step
quick-start plan that breaks through the clutter and helps people
understand exactly where to focus:

  • Eat 5 or more vegetables or fruits per day. It’s not just the
    protective nutrients they supply, but also that you’ll have less room
    for junk.
  • Move 10 extra minutes each day. Recent studies show that a sedentary
    lifestyle may increase your risk of heart attack as much as smoking
    does. It’s as simple as standing instead of sitting as much as
    possible.
  • Sleep at least 8 hours per day. Chronic sleep deprivation has
    devastating effects on your heart. It is not a luxury, it’s a
    necessity.
  • In addition, enjoy life. Discover what brings you joy and
    satisfaction. Your mental and emotional state influence heart health
    just as your genetic makeup and lifestyle habits can.

“As soon you pick up the book, you can start making a difference in your
heart health,” says Mayo
Clinic cardiologist, Martha
Grogan, M.D. medical editor-in-chief of Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart
For Life! “And, it’s easier than you might think. For example,
moving even 10 minutes a day for someone who’s been sedentary can reduce
the risk for heart disease by 50 percent.”

In this book, Dr. Grogan and a multi-disciplinary team of Mayo
Clinic experts discuss key actions to jump-start heart health. The book
also offers management strategies for individuals with pre-existing
heart conditions; explains how the heart works and what can go wrong;
and offers additional tools, tips and resources to overcome obstacles
and support your heart disease prevention plan.

Published by Time Home Entertainment, Inc., Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart
for Life! will be available online and in retail outlets nationwide
on January 31, 2012. Mayo Clinic’s proceeds from the book will support
medical education and research at Mayo Clinic.

About Martha Grogan, M.D.
Martha Grogan, M.D. is the medical
editor-in-chief of Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart for Life!, and a
cardiologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Dr. Grogan has been the
cardiovascular medical editor of the award-winning web site
MayoClinic.com for almost a decade and has a special interest in health
education for the general public. Dr. Grogan is a non-invasive
cardiologist, specializing in echocardiography, heart failure, and adult
congenital heart disease. She conducts clinical research, with a focus
on cardiac amyloidosis, a rare disorder, and maintains a busy clinical
practice which includes general cardiology. Dr. Grogan lectures widely
on a variety of topics in clinical cardiology and is a medical educator
at Mayo Clinic.

About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in
medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life.

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