According to the American Heart Association, heart disease accounts for one in three deaths in the U.S.—claiming nearly one life every 40 seconds in 2017. What’s even more appalling is that fatal heart attack- and stroke-inducing cardiovascular disease is preventable.
So how can you nip your risk for the condition in the bud? The AHA recommends engaging in moderately intense aerobic exercise for at least 150 minutes per week or 75 minutes of intense aerobic activity weekly in addition to moderate- to high-intensity strength training two days a week. But that’s not all.
There’s one super simple and oft-overlooked way to drastically improve your cholesterol and blood pressure levels almost instantaneously, and that’s by revamping your diet. Read on to see which foods you should avoid to keep your heart pumping properly, and then replace these fridge offenders with our 20 Best Foods for Your Heart.