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    4 Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Heart Failure!
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    Haylen_WebMD_Staff posted:
    A new study shows people who followed these four healthy lifestyle habits reduced their risk of heart failure. 81% in women in 69% in men!

    Here they are:

    Don't smoke
    Lose weight
    Exercise regularly
    Eat vegetables


    I quit smoking at 30 after smoking off and on for 5 years. I'm horrified that I ever smoked...have not decided if I will admit it if my kids ever ask. I'm at a good weight and exercise at least 3x a week. My kids eat an amazing amount of veggies...I do not.

    So more exercise and veggies for me! How are YOU doing with this list?

    Haylen
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    CardiostarUSA1 responded:
    Doin' great.

    I don't smoke, have maintained a normal weight since I was in high school, go to the gym at least three-times-a-week, and eat veggies (and fruit) every day.

    C*

     
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    Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to CardiostarUSA1's response:
    Cardio, that does not surprise me! Thanks for all of your contributions to this community - you are a star

    Haylen
     
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    James Beckerman, MD, FACC responded:
    I think it should also be inspiring to people that their lifestyle choices have such a significant impact on their risk of heart disease. Many people with a family history of heart disease feel that they are genetically doomed - the good news is that making healthy choices has a huge role in what happens to us!
     
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    Loralu49 responded:
    Well.....

    I smoke
    I'm overweight
    I rarely exercise
    I do eat veggies

    I really need to make some changes.
     
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    Joe Piscatella responded:
    I couldn't agree more. I had bypass surgery at age 32 and the prognosis was that I wouldn't make age 40. I couldn't change my parents or my genetics. But I could institute healthier lifestyle habits. Today I'm 34 years post-bypass. Lifestyle changes do work!
     
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    Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to Joe Piscatella's response:
    Dr. Piscatella,

    Thank you for sharing your experience. I wasn't aware that you were a patient too. Congratulations! You and Dr. Beckerman have personally impacted my heath. I, my daughters and my husband thank you both.

    Haylen
     
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    Roxsy89 replied to James Beckerman, MD, FACC's response:
    Hi i have a question. Im 22 and i am slightly over weight. I was just in the ER on Sunday and i was the only one there and i was in shock so i forgot to ask the Dr. what the name of the disease is but i have been having numbness and pain of someone breaking my forearm bone in have so he poked it 7 times on my left arm and i didnt feel it and he poked four of my fingers and i only felt the poke on the index finger. He did xrays and blood tests and the xrays came back normal. He wants me to go to a vascular surgeon. So what does all of this mean? Im so confused. I was the only one at the hospital and i was in to much of shock to ask him questions then and now i cant unless i walk all the way to the hospital cause i have no car and they wont release any info over the phone. Can you please help me cause im so scared.... Ive tried the google thing and im not finding anything.


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