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    What to Do Now to Lower Heart Disease Risk Later
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    Haylen_WebMD_Staff posted:
    If you want to increase your odds of having a healthy heart in old age, your best bet is to keep your blood pressure and cholesterol in check in middle age.

    Click the link here to read about a large study showing having an "optimal" risk factor profile at age 45 staved off heart disease for about 14 years, compared with having at least two major risk factors in middle age. What to Do Now to Lower Heart Disease Risk Later

    What's optimal? Blood pressure reading under 120 over 80, a cholesterol level under 180, and no diabetes, as well as being a nonsmoker. How are your risk factors? Do you know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers?

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