An excerpt from The American Medical Association Book of Heart Care by Douglas Gasner and Elliot H. McCleary offers the following advice for investing in a healthy heart:
"Have your cholesterol measured if you are worried about heart disease or if you have a family history of heart disease.
"Have your blood pressure checked, and take your pills if your doctor prescribes them.
"Find enough time to exercise.
"Find time to relax.
"Eat moderately from a variety of the four food groups: dairy products; grains and cereals; fruits and vegetables; fish, meat and poultry.
"Go to your physician if you have chest pain or find you are easily or suddenly fatigued.
"Watch your weight.
"Seek medical attention if you sense any disturbance in your heart's rhythm.
"Don't smoke; it robs your heart of oxygen.
"Don't count on magic cures; medical miracles are few and far apart.
"Don't believe that it can't happen to you; statistics don't play favorites.
"Don't ignore your body when there is a change in it; it's trying to tell you something."
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